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Scientists Exploring How Brains Perceive the World

It's not mind-reading, but some cutting-edge scientific research could reconstruct brain activity. Jake Schoneker, a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley's School of Journalism, and PBS NewsHour correspondent Roberto Daza report.
Online
2014; 2012
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The Virtuoso

Tabla virtuosoZakir Hussain explores how rhythm is the most primal sense we humans possess with neuroscientistSeth Horowitz.
Online
2017; 2013
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The Key to Consciousness: A Journey Into the Stuff of Thoughts

What is consciousness? Where do our thoughts come from? What are the connections between mind and matter? Even today, no one knows the answers. Human consciousness - the small inner voice that says "I", through which we apprehend the world, is one of the greatest mysteries in contemporary science. Scientists believe that our thoughts and feelings do not spring from a disembodied mind but from the body, and specifically from one particular organ: the brain. As far as they are concerned, our every least whim and all our choices are written into the tangle of neurons in a code that has yet to be deciphered. But that still does not tell us where decisions are made. Is it possible to identify the physical seat of free will? How does our consciousness influence the workings of our brain? F [...]
Online
2016
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Mindfulness in the Workplace

Is meditation the key to fostering a happier, more productive workplace? New York Times reporter David Gelles investigates this claim and compares notes with a neuroscientist who specializes in the effect of meditation on the brain, Christopher Moore. Gelles is a staff writer for the New York. Previously, he was a correspondent for the Financial Times, and his work has appeared in Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. Christopher I. Moore is Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Brown University where he teaches neural dynamics. How changing brain dynamics can change perception from moment to moment, particularly in meditative states ,is a key focus of his research.
Online
2017; 2015
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Bouquet in a Bottle

The star sommelier of The Bernardin has his famous nose put to the test by neurochemist Terry Acree. How sophisticated can our sense of smell get? Aldo Sohm oversees a 15,000 bottle wine collection made up of 900 wine selections from 12 countries with vintages from as early as 1875. Terry Acree is Professor of Food Science at Cornell University. His laboratory is interested in why there is such a functional variation in taste and olfaction that has been observed for decades in human populations. Understanding the relationship between stimulant composition and perception becomes central to understanding the representation of chemical information in the brain and the impact of genetic diversity on the perception of food.
Online
2017; 2015
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Acutal Consciousness

Are our minds confined to our bodies? The speaker and eminent philosopher, Ted Honderich, uncovers the true reach of human consciousness.
Online
2017; 2015
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Brainwave Dreams: Part 3—The Compass of Pleasure

In "The Compass of Pleasure," Johns Hopkins neuroscientist David J. Linden explains how pleasure affects us at the most fundamental level: in our brain. The master chocolatier Jacques Torres provides the audience with samples of his most mouthwatering selections to allow participants to both experience pleasure while the process itself is being discussed. Presented as part of the Brainwave series at the Rubin Museum of Art.
Online
2017; 2011
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The Pickpocket

Gentleman thief Apollo Robbins demonstrates how he manipulates attention to enable him to pick pockets.
Online
2017; 2013
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The Social Worker for the Blind

Rosemary Mahoney has just written a new book For the Benefit of Those Who See, inspired by her encounters with the pioneering founder of Braille Without Borders in Tibet, Sabriye Tenberken. They are joined by Princeton neuropsychologist Sabine Kastner to investigate the mindset of those who are able to adapt to being without one of the five senses most people regard as essential.
Online
2017; 2014
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Attached to Touch

This film is a demonstration of how important texture and touch is in the kitchen, with an analysis of how the brain processes feeling. Tom Colicchio’s first three stars from The New York Times were awarded as executive chef of Mondrian. Since then, he has been similarly acknowledged for Gramercy Tavern, his signature venture Craft, and Colicchio & Sons. He has opened several restaurants, penned several books, and became head judge on Bravo’s hit reality cooking series Top Chef. David J. Linden, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His laboratory has worked for many years on the cellular substrates of memory storage in the brain and a few other topics. He has a longstanding interest in scientific communication and [...]
Online
2017; 2015
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The Physicist

In his new book, Time Reborn, controversial theoretical physicist Lee Smolin maintains that time is not an illusion we must overcome, but a reality we must embrace in order to solve the current problems in physics. In conversation with internationally recognized expert on time perception, Warren Meck.
Online
2017; 2013
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On Meditation

A married couple discusses the elemental nature of their work and how it is impacted by their meditation practice with a neuroscientist. Mark Epstein is a highly-regarded psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy. Arlene Shechet has received broad recognition for her corporeal and suggestive ceramic work; herwork is included in public and private collections worldwide. Kay M. Tye is Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, Cambridge where she employs an interdisciplinary approach including optogenetics, electrophysiology, pharmacology and imaging techniques to find a mechanistic explanation for how emotional and motivational states can inf [...]
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2017; 2015
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The Magician

NeuroscientistsStephen Macknik andSusana Martinez-Condeare the founders of the exciting new discipline of NeuroMagic and authors ofSleights of Mind. With Joshua Jay, the recipient of the 2011 Society of American Magicians' Magician of the Year award, they discuss how deception is an essential part of our consciousness and examine the science of our (in)attention.
Online
2017; 2013
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Ideas Roadshow [electronic resource]: Knowing One's Place-Spatial Processing in the Brain

In this Ideas Roadshow episode, Jennifer Groh of Duke University speaks with Howard Burton about how our visual, auditory and tactile perceptions are combined in the brain, while speculating on the unique role that spatial processing might play in our evolutionary development.
Online
2015
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Intelligence Under the Microscope

According to several IQ studies, our intelligence is declining as populations grow. Why should that be? And is IQ an adequate measure of human intelligence - the amazing faculty that has enabled us to achieve dominion over nature? Scientists from many different fields are scrutinizing our intelligence, be it innate (genetic) or acquired through environment, education and learning processes, in an attempt to determine what intelligence really is. Meanwhile, others are working on ways of boosting our brain power. An experiment in which human brain cells were grafted onto the brains of mice found that their abilities increased tenfold. This and other similar discoveries are sparking new ideas for ways to improve our abilities. Via a fascinating journey through the maze of the human brai [...]
Online
2016