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3 Mental Health and Neuroscience Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Updated: Jan 18

✎ Written by: Dubravka Rebic ✓ Fact-checked by: Carola Tuerk, Ph.D.

As of January 2023, there are over 5 million podcasts with 464.7 million listeners. That's a large number to sift through to find the best ones focusing on mental health and neuroscience, so we've narrowed it down to the top three for you.

Suffice it to say, the mental health tools shared in these podcasts are by no means a replacement for professional help. Nonetheless, they can certainly offer valuable advice and strategies to help us navigate difficult times while also providing a sense of understanding and reassurance that we’re not the only ones experiencing what we’re experiencing.

But there are so many podcasts out there, and figuring out which is a worthy investment of our time can take time and effort. We've cherry-picked these top three mental health podcasts based on the valuable and actionable content they provide to listeners, their popularity on Reddit, and their rating on podcast platforms.

Here are the top three mental health and neuroscience podcasts to listen to in 2023:

  1. The Huberman Lab: Hosted by Dr. Andrew Huberman, breaks down complex neurobiological concepts and offers easy-to-use tools to help you with physical and mental health, sleep, and cognitive function.

  2. The Mental Illness Happy Hour: Comedian and host Comedian Paul Gilmartin shares conversations with mental health professionals, as well with celebrities, and non-celebrities, who open up about living with and managing mental health issues.

  3. Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown: Bialik shares practical advice focusing on removing the stigma surrounding mental health and encouraging people to understand the mind-body connection.

1. Huberman Lab

The Huberman Lab is hosted by neuroscientist and Stanford University School of Medicine professor Dr. Andrew Huberman. Huberman uses analogies and metaphors to break down complex neurobiological concepts so that the general audience can visualize and understand them. But he also offers easy-to-use tools to help us with health, sleep, and cognitive function.

Additionally, the podcast also features interviews with experts from diverse scientific backgrounds, providing listeners with an in-depth look into the latest developments in behavioral and cognitive psychology.

Some of our favorite Huberman Lab episodes are: