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The Addicted Brain [electronic resource]

This documentary takes viewers on a tour of the world's most prolific manufacturer and user of drugs-the human brain. The biochemistry of the brain is responsible for joggers' highs, for the compulsion of some people to seek thrills, for certain kinds of obsessive-compulsive behavior, even for the drive to achieve power and dominance. The program explores developments in the biochemistry of addiction and addictive behavior.
Online
2005; 1987
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The Sexual Brain [electronic resource]

Study of the brain provides some of the answers that separate cultural and social from physiological distinctions between the sexes. Mammalian brains, including our own, show distinct differences between male and female in the thickness of the cortex and the size of the corpus callosum. The program shows some startling effects of hormone injections on brain structure and raises provocative questions about the sexual and reproductive roots of structural differences between males and females.
Online
2007; 1987
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Dreams [electronic resource]: Theater of the Night

Why do dreams occur? What is their function? What do they mean? This provocative program looks at the facts and examines the theories, from Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams to today's neuroscience laboratory findings. The program visits a sleep research lab to explain REM sleep; another lab where researchers are using positron emission tomography (PET scanning) to explore the dreaming brain; and a therapy session where a patient describes a recurring dream. It covers a variety of theories about the physiological, chemical, and psychological reasons for, and results of dreams.
Online
2006; 1988
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Memory [electronic resource]: Fabric of the Mind

This program looks at the various areas that brain researchers are now exploring: What kind of brain chemistry can explain memory? If long-term memory is a kind of permanent pattern on the fabric of the mind, what structural changes occur in the brain? Are different types of memory located in different areas of the brain? Are specific memories stored in separate places? What is the process of forgetting? Is it possible to improve memory? The program seeks answers to these and other fascinating questions about the brain and memory at several internationally renowned memory research labs. Gary Lynch's team believes it has found the basic mechanism of memory formation; James McGaugh's that emotional states affect the ability to store and recall information; Richard Thompson has located [...]
Online
2007; 1988
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Chronobiology [electronic resource]: Time of Our Lives

This program examines the biological evolution of our internal timekeepers, examining the conflict between the time in our bodies and brains and the time on our wrists. It looks at the fish with the most accurate pacemaker known to science; shows how cell cycles are being tracked and biological clocks transplanted; reveals the novel ways in which human biological clocks are being reset; and explains why Greenwich is where time starts, how conversations can be set to music, why some people are larks and others owls, and what causes the Monday morning blahs.
Online
2007; 1989
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Inside Information [electronic resource]: Brain and How It Works

This program explains research on the brain's processes: how individual parts of the brain work, how the brain uses pattern recognition rather than logic to interpret reality, which experiments with computer analogs have been successful and which have failed, and why. The program also provides interviews with some of the foremost researchers in the field, including neuroscientist John Hopfield, vision scientist V. S. Ramachandran, and physicist Carver Mead, who has a computer chip that can "see.
Online
2005; 1990
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Learning and Memory

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Considers how memory and learning are affected by changes in brain nerve cells and by age. Includes interviews with neuroscientists, normal older adults, and amnesia victims.
VHS
1984
Ivy (By Request)
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Rhythms and Drives

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Explores how man's animal drives are controlled by the hypothalamus and other parts of the brain. Includes case studies of brain disorders.
VHS
1984
Ivy (By Request)
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The Enlightened Machine

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Uses microcinematography, case studies, and interviews with medical experts to explain general brain functions, to describe the emerging field of neuroscience, and to survey several brain disorders.
VHS
1984
Ivy (By Request)
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Vision and Movement

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Explores chemical brain functions relating to vision and movement, including recent chemical treatment of Parkinson's disease.
VHS
1984
Ivy (By Request)
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The Two Brains

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Examines the unique functions of each hemisphere of the human brain. Describes differences between male and female brains which seem to result from differing sex hormones, and shows how some sex abnormalities may chemically affect the brain.
VHS
1984
Ivy (By Request)
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States of Mind

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Explores human awareness and consciousness as brain functions and describes changes in consciousness induced by stroke, Alzheimer's disease, and drugs like PCP.
VHS
1984
Ivy (By Request)
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Stress and Emotion

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Explains chemical changes in the brain which result from stress, and shows how one maintains or loses self-control due to changes in the brain's chemistry. Discusses the fight-or-flight reaction, panic attacks, pain reactions, and other chemically-based results of stress and trauma. Includes the dramatized story of Phineas Gage, a 19th century survivor of a severe brain injury whose subsequent radical personality change caused early neuroscientists to explore the interrelation of specific parts of the brain.
VHS
1984
Clemons (Missing)
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Madness

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Examines mental illness as a possible dysfunction of the brain rather than a condition caused by life experience, focusing on severe schizophrenia. Includes interviews and conversations with several schizophrenics and their families, explaining the symptoms of the condition. Discusses theories of schizophrenia as a brain disorder, possibly with genetic and/or biochemical roots and treatable with medication.
VHS
1984
Ivy (By Request)
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The Sexual Brain

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Describes how the study of the brain provides a partial explanation that separates cultural and social gender differences from physiological ones. Shows that sexual differences exist between male and female brain structure.
VHS
1991; 1987
Ivy (By Request)