Saturday, January 26, 2013

Brain Videos

This week we'll see "Brain Rules" which is John Medina's DVD that comes with his book on practical uses of Brain Science. It was a New York Times Bestseller and the videos may be a little corny, but they make some great sense. Here's a clip from a news program in the pacific northwest that interviewed Medina about his Brain Rules:

Check this website for more information:

Some good examples from the series:

Where do memories go? The Story of HM

Many more examples below:

Also a great video by RSA Animate - The Divided Brain.
In this new RSAnimate, renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our 'divided brain' has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society. Taken from a lecture given by Iain McGilchrist as part of the RSA's free public events programme.

This is quite a complex look at the hemispheres of the brain. But, you do not have to know everything to find something useful. So press through it if it interests you.

To view the full lecture, go to

TedTalk: Allan Jones - A map of the brain

How can we begin to understand the way the brain works? 
The same way we begin to understand a city: by making a map. In this visually stunning talk, Allan Jones shows how his team is mapping which genes are turned on in each tiny region, and how it all connects up.

TedTalk: Henry Markram: A brain in a supercomputer
Henry Markram says the mysteries of the mind can be solved -- soon. Mental illness, memory, perception: they're made of neurons and electric signals, and he plans to find them with a supercomputer that models all the brain's 100,000,000,000,000 synapses.

TedTalk: Daphne Bavelier: Your brain on video games
How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask.

ZeFrank & Rainn Wilson Discuss the teen brain

BigThink: Your Irrational Brain by David Ropeik
That we are not instinctively built that way must be recognized if we're going to get beyond the risks of not being built that way, says David Ropeik.
Ropeik an Instructor at Harvard, a consultant in risk perception and risk communication, author of How Risky Is it, Really? Why Our Fears Don't Always Match the Facts, and principal co-author of RISK, A Practical Guide for Deciding What's Really Safe and What's Really Dangerous in the World Around You.