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The Pickpocket

Gentleman thief Apollo Robbins demonstrates how he manipulates attention to enable him to pick pockets.
2017; 2013

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.
2017; 2014

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 [...]
2017; 2015

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.
2017; 2013

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 [...]
2017; 2015

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.
2017; 2013

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.

Trust Me [electronic resource]

How trusting you are says a lot about you as a person, especially when it seems like everything - commercials, politics, online dating - is designed to deceive your brain. So how do you maintain a level of trust in an untrustworthy world? How do you know who to trust? This episode will show you why it pays to be more trusting of others and a little less trusting of your own brain.
2015; 2014

Paranormal [electronic resource]

Whether you're a skeptic or a believer in the supernatural, you have to admit there are things out there your brain just can't quite explain. Get ready for a series of games and experiments designed to test your brain's sixth sense. If you play along, you'll discover that your brain actually knows more about the unknown than you might think. Watch as Brain Games sheds some light on the paranormal.

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 [...]