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Mar 29, 2007

Psychiatric Advance Directives

title More Details of Psychiatric Advance Directives: How to be Your Own Advocate
description How to create a psychiatric advance directive (PAD) with American medico-legal instructions for treatment in the event of an episode of serious mental illness with compromised thinking and/or psychosis with anosognosia. Discusses in plain language the contents and elements of a PAD with tips for creating one. More videos available as well, mostly brief.
producer National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives
featuring actors
format annotated slideshow with audio
date unknown
length 00:13:29


Mar 28, 2007

Addiction Neurobiology

title Open Mind Series: On Addiction
description The Picower Institute at MIT hosted the Open Mind Series: On Depression, and On Addiction. Includes talk on the neurobiology of changes that occur with addiction, related to obesity and other addictive behaviours. Potential new therapeutic targets and barriers to research. A different view than AA's.
producer The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
featuring Nora Volkow at 51:30
format RealMedia
date 08/05//06
length 02:54:45
direct video link


Mar 27, 2007

Swapping Drugs in Vansterdam

title CAST Vancouver - CAST Launched
description Chronic Addiction Substitution Treatment (CAST) (web site, with more videos and references) is a Vancouver, Canada proposal for a study to begin fall 2007 (as yet unapproved) substituting legal amphetamines for crystal meth and cocaine derivatives in chronic addicts. Similar to methadone treatment, but for stimulant abusers. What CAST fails to adequately address is mental health care for concurrent disorders. Many street addicts have serious mental illnesses and currently receive inadequate, if any, treatment in a city focussed on self-managed wellness plans while planning to close more hospital beds in 2009.
producer CTV British Columbia
featuring Mayor Sam Sullivan and team
format embedded
date 26/02/07
length 00:02:18


Mar 23, 2007

Video Vision

title Eyesight Chip
description "A new eye implant that transmits images to the brain [from a camera] is one step closer to reality [and entering clinical trials]. The device has already restored partial sight to patients with total vision loss. This ScienCentral News video has more." Find out more about this and other retinal prosthetics in a Neurofuture post.
producer Steven Boling & James Eagan for ScienCentral Inc.
featuring Hymen Marder, Visually Impaired; Mark Humayun, Doheny Eye Institute
format embedded QT or RM
date 15/03/07
length 00:01:35


Mar 21, 2007

DNA Dilemma

title Huntington's Disease - Reporter's Notebook
description New York Times video and accompanying multimedia on getting tested for Huntington's Disease (an incurable hereditary neurological disorder) in Facing Life with an Incurable Gene.
producer New York Times
featuring Amy Harmon
format embedded
date 18/03/07
length 00:02:49

Hat tip: Mind Hacks.


Mar 20, 2007

Robotic Rehab

sculpture by Lewis Tardy

title Robotic technology gives hope
description "Physicians and physical therapists at UT Southwestern are using a robot to teach the spinal cord and brain, with sensory information, to signal the body to step again." More.
producer The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
featuring Lokomat, patient Chuck Benefield, Drs. Keith Tansey and Patricia Winchester
format Real Media
date 29/04/04
length 00:01:29
direct video link

Above: sculpture by Lewis Tardy.


Mar 16, 2007

Whitman and Neuroscience

title Seed Inspiration Festival: Jonah Lehrer
description The literary connection between neuroscience and Walt Whitman.
producer Seed Magazine
featuring Jonah Lehrer
format embedded Flash
date 19/12/06
length 00:15:41


Mar 15, 2007

Prison Psychology

title Stanford Prison Experiment
description Historic video clips (edited for an unknown TV show) from the famous Stanford Prison Experiment conducted by Philip Zimbardo, in which healthy volunteers fall into unhealthy situational roles. Zimbardo recently discussed its relevance to contemporary war crimes by US soldiers. Coincidentally, the person who posted this video to YT commented that the experiment "reminded me of basic training."
producer unknown
featuring participants from the experiment
format embedded YouTube
date 1971
length 00:05:24


Mar 13, 2007

Divided Attention

title Divided Attention
description fMRI study on shifting attention between vision and audition; a practical application warns of the danger of cell phone use and reaction time while driving.
producer Johns Hopkins University
featuring Steve Yantis
format QuickTime, WMV
date 05/06/05
length approx 00:03:00
direct video link


Mar 8, 2007

Nobel for Smell

title Unraveling the Sense of Smell
description Nobel Lecture by Linda Buck, winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for "discoveries of odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system. In a series of pioneering studies the laureates have clarified in molecular detail how our sense of smell works."
producer Nobel Media AB
featuring Linda B. Buck, Ph.D
format Real Media
date 08/12/04
length 00:45:00
direct video link


Brain Power

A brief, poor quality live clip of Freezepop performing their new song Brain Power at an awesome show last night. It has little to do with brain science, it's about ideas, but I'm posting it just 'cos they're so kewl!! Maybe they'll write a song about neuroscience?

They did write a song about some psychology behind being a stalker, Stakeout, with a fun Flash video here.


Mar 7, 2007

Moody Interactive Art

title Empathic Painting: Interactive stylization using observed emotional state
description Video demonstrating empathetic art. Abstract: "We present the "empathic painting" - an interactive painterly rendering whose appearance adapts in real time to reflect the perceived emotional state of the viewer. The empathic painting is an experiment into the feasibility of using high level control parameters (namely, emotional state) to replace the plethora of low-level constraints users must typically set to affect the output of artistic rendering algorithms. ... The result is a digital canvas capable of smoothly varying its painterly style at approximately 4 frames per second, providing a novel user interactive experience using only commodity hardware." Download free full text PDF.
producer Department of Computer Science, University of Bath
featuring unidentified woman interacting with a painting
format XviD
date 2006
length 00:00:43
direct video link


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