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Feb 25, 2008

Drug Harm Scale


title Britain's Most Dangerous Drug
description London's Dana Centre Science Cafe hosted a webcast discussion after a BBC Horizon screening of Is alcohol worse than ecstacy? Psychopharmacologist David Nutt was lead author on a controversial study in The Lancet* comparing the harms of substances of abuse. He and psychologist Theodora Duka join facilitator Hugh Whittall to discuss the issues. "How do the brain and body react to each stimulant as it passes into the bloodstream, and what are the long-term effects of drugs relative to their [legal] classification? If the current classification should be changed in view of the latest findings, what exactly is Britain's most dangerous drug?" Discussions and a BBC web poll mostly judge it to be alcohol (last noted at 35%, ranked above heroin and tobacco).
producer BBC Horizon, and the Science Museum
featuring David Nutt, Theodora Duka, Hugh Whittall
format Quicktime
date 05/02/08
length near 01:00:00
doi 10.1016/S0140-6736(07)60464-4

* NUTT, D., KING, L., SAULSBURY, W., BLAKEMORE, C. (2007). Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse. The Lancet, 369(9566), 1047-1053. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(07)60464-4 (includes Figure 1, above)



Feb 24, 2008

Divided Minds

title Divided Minds: Twin Sisters' Journey Through Schizophrenia
description Twin sisters, one whose life became a battle with schizophrenia and the other became a psychiatrist, in a half hour show in two segments. They speak about their experiences, treatment, side effects of medications, research and stigma. Tearful. Online there's a complete transcript, and offline the sisters co-authored a book.
producer UVA Newsmakers
featuring Carolyn Spiro, MD and Pamela Spiro Wagner, Poet
format Real Video
date 22/03/06
length 00:28:26
direct video link
transcript link


Feb 19, 2008

Proust and the Squid

title The Reading Brain
description The neuroscientist describes her book Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, on cognitive science and reading. Not to be confused with Jonah Lehrer's Proust was a Neuroscientist, another paper book involving literature and neuroscience. It has had good reviews in places far more prestigious than Channel N. Anyone have a link to a recent interview?
producer The Chet Curtis Report at
featuring Dr. Maryanne Wolf
format Flash streaming in custom player
date 09/10/07
length 00:06:14
hardcover book link Proust and the Squid
hardcover book link Proust was a Neuroscientist


Feb 18, 2008

Neural Synchrony

title Neural Synchrony and Selective Attention
description Robert Desimone is Director of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, is part of the new MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Project, and has a slew of other achievements and awards. In this detailed talk, he discusses neural synchrony in the visual cortex and selective attention. Close captioned. Blurry slides (see above). Concise.
producer National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)
featuring Robert Desimone, Ph.D.
format Real Video
date 06/06/05
length 01:01:39
direct video link


Feb 17, 2008

Kay Redfield Jamison in 2002

title An Unquiet Mind: Personal Reflections on Manic-Depressive Illness
description A captivating speaker, Kay authored many papers and books on the subjects of bipolar, manic depression and recurrent depression and is Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. This public talk is vintage, coinciding with the publication of her great memoir An Unquiet Mind.
producer University of Virginia
featuring Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.
format Flash
date 03/04/02
length 00:30:29


Feb 16, 2008

Drinking and Smoking Combined

title Neurobiological Changes as a Result of Chronic Alcohol Consumption and Chronic Smoking
description The relationship between chronic tobacco smoking and alcoholism, and their increased effect on cognition and neurobiology when combined. Accompanying slides available on PDF. This talk is from the colloquium Changing Behaviour, Changing Lives: Alcohol and Co-Occurring Conditions; the entire event is available on DVD.
producer BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Network
featuring Dieter J. Meyerhoff, Ph.D.
format Flash embed on custom player
date 08/03/07
length near 01:00:00
direct video link


Feb 13, 2008

Aneurysm Neurosurgery

Image: Internet Encyclopedia of Science

title Brain Aneurysms
description "Brain aneurysms are challenging to treat, especially since a patient may have no symptoms until the aneurysm ruptures and becomes a life-threatening condition. This edition of Inside Access follows three doctors and their patients, Roxie and Cora, at the UW Medicine Brain Aneurysm Center at Harborview. Cora receives endovascular treatment, while Roxie's surgery includes a technique of bypassing the brain's blood vessels with a graft from her radial artery." Recent winner of a CINE Golden Eagle award - congratulations! UWTV produces some very good science videos with a concise, efficient and informative user inferface (though it could stand a visual design makeover, add some modern motifs). The series Inside Access [not the other Inside Access, the tabloid TV show] is available on podcast and vodcast.
producer UWTV University of Washington Television
featuring Drs. Laligam Sekhar, Gavin Britz, Raj Ghodke
format WMV, Quicktime, MPEG4, mp3
date 18/05/06
length 00:27:34
direct video link


Feb 11, 2008

Women and Depression

title Women and Depression
description Four speakers in two hours, this is a video for a rainy afternoon, but worth watching. (Links to the individual talks if you prefer to break it down: Postpartum Depression in Pediatric Practices: Opportunity and Challenges, The Menopausal Transition, Sex Steroids and Depression, Cultural Issues Related to Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression for Women, and Perspectives on Women and Depression from the Community.)
producer National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
featuring Linda Chaudron, M.D., Peter Schmidt, M.D., Cheryl Boyce, Ph.D., Sue Bergeson
format Real Video
date 16/06/05
length 01:51:25
direct video link


Feb 8, 2008

Compulsion and Addiction

title Roots of Addiction
description Documentary about compulsive behaviours and addictions, mainly interviewing affected people. Covers the currently popular theories. Includes neurohuckster Daniel Amen with his low-res SPECT imaging, and it tends to be simplistic - watch with a critical eye but the basics are intact.
producer CNS Productions, AEGIS
featuring Daniel Amen, various people recovering from addictions
format flv
date unknown
length 00:32:22


Feb 7, 2008


title Brainspotting
description Classic great production about consciousness, cognition, AI, evolution, neurobiology and more.
producer Channel 4
featuring Ken Campbell, Richard Dawkins, Susan Greenfield, Galen Strawson, others
format flv
date 1996
length (part one) 00:09:59
links to all segments


Feb 6, 2008

Brain Vod Modules

Image: An original head-only CT scanner from 1974. Not connected to video, found here.

title Brain Anomaly and Plasticity: Hydrocephalus
description Vintage video, computers and scanners in The Brain: Teaching Modules series, Second Edition (they've edited in many nice brain animations), no longer sold but available as video on demand (VoD) in 32 clips between 5:00-20:00. Try vintage CAT and other neuroimaging demonstrating neuroplasticity after hydrocephalus in this module, number 7. Also try 24. Aggression, Violence and the Brain showing a cat and a bull with implants, then neuroethics and neurolaw in a case study. ISBN 1-57680-263-9 and Annenberg Media is very fussy about copyright, don't download, they remind us on many pages. But they're no longer selling or broadcasting the series, why not Creative Commons? Register to watch if amused by seventies equipment and fashions. That's its value now. Boring to children. Missing some titling. Fashion points.
producer Colorado State University, Annenberg Media
featuring Dr. Erin D. Bigler, patients Sharon, Nicole and others
format streaming Flash
date 197* and 200*
length 00:07:11

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Feb 3, 2008

History of Neuroimaging Emotion

Image: autoradiographs in Figure 1 from Frequency-dependent activation of glucose utilization in the superior cervical ganglion by electrical stimulation of cervical sympathetic trunk, Yarowsky, Kadekaro and Sokoloff, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA
Vol. 80, pp. 4179-4183, July 1983
[free full text]

title Imaging the Brain, Finding Emotion: A History of Brain Imaging and Research in Emotion at the NIH
description Sketching history from the nineteenth century to the present, this is a fascinating look at the development of neuroimaging and its applications in neuropsychology and psychiatric research funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH). Close captioned, although the transcriptionist obviously had great trouble understanding technical language and the speaker's slight German accent.
producer National Institute of Mental Health
featuring Claudia Wassmann, MD Ph.D
format Real Video
date 24/01/06
length 00:50:31
direct video link


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