Your Brain On Podcasts: Addicting Yet Educational


Lately….I’m fortunate to work in a clinic where I can treat my patients like “people” and not “cattle!” That means, I can actually take my time and educate my patients and families. When I mention to them that I record a podcast, and I possibly have covered the topic we are chatting about, they are intrigued and curious!


They want to listen…



Everyone is listening to them, are you? A Plethoroa of genres flood podcast outlets like itunes, Spotify, and iheart radio. There’s virtually a podcast for everything! There’s podcasts on serial killers, sports, ghosts, healthcare, missing people like Richard Simmons and probably curling!


Podcasts are hip! They’re chic! They’re educational! Wait, educational? What?


Audio storytelling has increased in popularity due to technology.You can listen to a podcast almost anywhere around the world. Smart phones, ipads, and satellite radio make podcasts accessible.


Studies have shown that podcasts stimulate listeners imagination and are able to generate more vivid images in their mind. Podcasts have also been proven to be more emotionally engaging. Hence, addiction!


The emotional connection to the podcasts is what keeps listeners coming back. Wanting more, and possibly binge listening!


 Listening to the sex podcast and laughing! Loving the Judy Blume book talk! Totally from our generation!

-Cynthia Henry Thurlow RN, NP, Functional Nutritionist, Listener And Nurses and Hypochondriacs Podcast Guest Ep #8 Flu-Pocalypse


Researchers also found that increased levels of stress in a story makes the listener secrete oxytocin increasing their empathy and connection to the story.


Podcasts are great educational tools! They are a fun way to teach our patients and families about healthcare! The stories are relatable…especially in an unconventional disease process:




Podcasts are great educational tools! They are also a great way for Nurses to show off their clinical and research expertise! After all, we are taught to support all our data with peer reviewed research!

You can take a listen to #NursesandHypochondriacs Podcast here: