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First Among Equals

Film explores the size of the brain, cognitive abilities, and speech. Dr. Susan Greenfield compares the human brain to the brain of a chimpanzee.
Clemons (Stacks)

Mind Talk: The Brain's New Story

Experts, including Oxford mathematician Sir Roger Penrose, cognitive scientist Dr. Daniel Dennett, and cyber-age technovisionary Jaron Lanier contemplate the social and moral impact of brain research and questions such as how matter developed consciousness, whether computers can model human abilities, how free "free will" really is, and where legal responsibility for actions begins and ends.
2003; 1998
Clemons (Stacks)

The Mind's Eye

(Producer) Drawing on the experiences of people with rare forms of brain damage, this program reveals the tricks and shortcuts used by the brain to construct its version-or illusion-of reality. Is seeing really believing?
2001; 2000
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The Behaving Brain [electronic resource]

Explains how understanding the brain's structure and composition offers new insights into human behavior. Scientists explain the bio-chemical reactions that determine human thoughts, feelings and actions. Includes commentary by Dr. John Gabrieli of Stanford University and Dr. Mieke Verfaellie of Veterans Medical Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

The Responsive Brain [electronic resource]

How does the the brain control behavior and how is it affected by the outside world? Program 4 explores the dynamic relationship between the brain's own structure and function and feedback from the environment. With commentary by Dr. Michael Meaney of McGill University and Dr. Russell Fernald of Stanford University.

Cognitive Neuroscience [electronic resource]

Explores technology that allows scientists to see the brain at work and identifies some of the functions performed by different parts of the brain. Shows how cognitive neuroscience allies psychologists, biologists, brain researchers, and others in what is perhaps the most dramatic advance in the last decade of psychological research. Includes commentary by Dr. John Gabrieli of Stanford University and Dr. Stephen Kosslyn of Harvard University.

The Brain Teaching Modules [electronic resource]

Developed from the original series, "The Brain", these flexible resources offer extensive footage and research into the inner workings of the human brain, including findings on Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, autism, Parkinson's disease, and many other topics. The modules are appropriate for use in general and advanced courses in psychology, abnormal and physiological psychology, neuropsychology, and occupational therapy.
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Anatomy of the Human Brain [electronic resource]

Neuropathologist Dr. Marco Rossi dissects and examines a normal human brain. Using three methods of dissection-coronal plane, CT-MRI plane, and sagittal plane-Dr. Rossi separates the hindbrain from the midbrain, and removes a portion of the brain containing the substantia nigra. The anterior and posterior of the forebrain are dissected, and each section is examined, along with the left occipital lobe. After separating the brain stem from the cerebellum, both are sectioned and examined.
2005; 1997

Epilepsy [electronic resource]: Storm Within

Epilepsy is the second most common neurological disorder in the U.S. This program examines its causes, what happens in the brain during a seizure, and what should and should not be done to help someone having a seizure. The diagnosis and treatment of the condition are discussed by physicians who present up-to-date information to help families, friends, and coworkers recognize the needs and capabilities of epileptics. Patients describe what it's like living with the condition.
2005; 1995

Brain and Nervous System [electronic resource]: Your Information Superhighway

This program explores the brain and nervous system, using the analogy of computers and the Internet. Topics discussed include electrical impulses and how nerve messages travel; parts of the brain and their functions; how the brain and spinal cord are protected; the senses; and diseases, drugs, and their effects on the brain and nervous system.
2005; 1998

Animated Neuroscience and the Action of Nicotine, Cocaine, and Marijuana in the Brain [electronic resource]

Using sophisticated 3-D animation, this program, divided into two parts, takes viewers on a journey deep into the brain to study the effects of the three substances. The first part illustrates the major functions of the brain and shows how its principal cells, the neurons, communicate with each other through electrical and chemical signals. In the second part, animated molecules of nicotine, cocaine, and marijuana travel a route from the external environment through the body to the brain, where viewers learn about the cellular targets of these drugs, and how each drug interacts with them and subsequently affects the body. Images of actual neurons used in the animations create a realistic effect that helps viewers understand the concepts presented.
2005; 1997

Mind Talk [electronic resource]: Brain's New Story

What is the difference between the mind and the brain? Are they separable? Are they even quantifiable? And where does the soul fit in? In this thought-provoking program, experts including Oxford mathematician Sir Roger Penrose, cognitive scientist Dr. Daniel Dennett, and cyber-age techno-visionary Jaron Lanier contemplate the social and moral impact of brain research and questions such as how matter developed consciousness, whether computers can model human abilities, how free "free will" really is, and where legal responsibility for actions begins and ends. This intriguing program is a vital resource in the ongoing challenge to understand that which makes human beings truly human. A Bob Drake/Wendy Conquest Production.
2006; 1998

Asperger's Syndrome [electronic resource]: Autism and Obsessive Behavior

It is the size of the frontal cortex that helps separate the human brain from that of other animals. This part allows humans to communicate, infer meaning, and imagine, all basic to the socialization process. But there is a group of people, primarily males, who lack a small piece of this frontal cortex and who suffer from a mild form of autism. Identified as Asperger's syndrome in 1940, this condition makes them incapable of everyday social interactions. They live in a constant state of anxiety, a result of the phobias that are a part of the disease. This program profiles the symptoms of Asperger's syndrome and what sufferers and their families can do to overcome the limitations that it imposes.
2006; 1995

Autism and Applied Behavioral Analysis [electronic resource]

Research has shown that some children with autism who are enrolled in a curriculum of applied behavioral analysis at a young enough age can be mainstreamed right into the public school system. This ABC News program profiles two children with autism who receive this intensive form of therapy and discusses the mixed results of it. Although the degree of improvement attributable to ABA varies from child to child, any gains, large or small, are of immense value to the children-and to those who love them.
2006; 2001

Brain Tumors [electronic resource]: New Hope, New Treatments

Several years after he was given less than a year to live, David, a patient with glioblastoma multiforme, is alive and cancer-free. In this program, Henry Friedman, of the Duke University Medical Center; Michael Prados, of the University of California at San Francisco; and other medical experts use case studies to show how scientific advances in the areas of brain mapping, laser surgery, and chemotherapy are offering patients like David a new lease on life. Information on the symptoms and risk factors involved with cancers of the brain is included.
2006; 2000

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better [electronic resource]: Why the Sexes Excel Differently

Statistically speaking, why have men and women not proved equally adept at the same things? In this program, researchers debate whether differences in brain architecture lead to a division of talents and aptitudes between the sexes-and draw some startling conclusions. To illustrate these differences, children are observed in classrooms, on the playground, and at home.
2005; 1991

Love, Love Me, Do [electronic resource]: How Sex Differences Affect Relationships

How might acknowledging the brain's sex make interpersonal relationships run more smoothly? Using images from popular art, television drama, and hidden-camera footage to illustrate both predictable and unexpected conflicts, this program presents the way sex-related differences in brain architecture may influence love, marriage, reproduction, and parenthood.
2005; 1991

Overcoming Mental Impairment [electronic resource]

This program provides useful guidelines and advice to caregivers assisting people with mental impairments. The two major classifications of impairment are closely examined: dementia, or degenerative diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer's, and mental disorders due to congenital conditions, such as Down syndrome. Techniques on how to communicate with and assist elderly people are demonstrated. Instructive interviews with spouses and caregivers of elderly patients and with parents of children with mental disabilities round out this program.
2006; 2000

Mind Over Matter [electronic resource]: Advances in Brain Research

How does the brain create that internal space called consciousness? In this stimulating program, top names in cognitive science such as Daniel Dennett, Rodney Brooks, Endel Tulving, and John Searle delve into the mechanics of perception and cognition and speculate on the meaning of consciousness. Using advanced technology, they and other experts seek to understand the brain, leading to discussion of concepts that include mind-body dualism, self-emergent organization, unconscious vision, and even socially interactive machines like MIT's Cog.
2006; 1997

Alzheimer's [electronic resource]: True Story

Alzheimer's is a disease that affects not only the patient, but all who love and care for that person as well. This poignant program allows a rare glimpse into one couple's experience with the fatal illness that tore their life apart, tracking the mental deterioration of Malcolm Pointon-husband, father, Cambridge professor, and gifted pianist, diagnosed at only 51 years of age. The documentary sympathetically yet unflinchingly chronicles Malcolm's descent into dementia and his wife Barbara's unyielding commitment to be there "in sickness and in health.
2005; 1999