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Jul 30, 2007

Hypothalamus and Chronobiology

title Hypothalamic Regulation Of Sleep And Circadian Rhythms
description Neuroanatomy and chronobiology lecture. "The focus of Dr. Saper's laboratory is on the integrated functions maintained by the hypothalamus. These include regulation of wake-sleep cycles, body temperature, and feeding." NLM Classification: WL 312 NLM ID: 101268607 CIT File ID: 12302 CIT Live ID: 3603 Close-captioned.
producer NIH Neuroscience Seminar Series; filmed at Bethesda, Md. National Institutes of Health
featuring Clifford Saper
format Real Video
date 15/11/04
length 01:10:53
direct video link

The description includes, "Rights: This is a work of the United States Government. No copyright exists on this material. It may be disseminated freely." Thanks, America!


Jul 29, 2007


[Paris Hilton, photo by Daniel C. Dennett]

title The Cognitive Niche
description Via Pinkerfest! at Jaime Diskin's blog. The extensive Freethought Media Steve Pinker multimedia archive includes this lecture on the Cognitive Niche from the Second World Conference on the Future of Science: Evolution (video archives).
producer Edge
featuring Steve Pinker
format wmv
date 23/09/06
length 00:33:37
direct video link mms://


Jul 27, 2007


title What is an Auditory Object?
description "Dr. Griffiths' group works on the analysis of sound by the brain and the way in which this can go wrong in brain disorder. They measure the detection of sound patterns relevant to the understanding of speech, music and environmental sounds. The brain mechanisms that underpin such analysis are investigated by studying the effect of disorders such as stroke on this. Additionally, they carry out functional imaging of normal subjects at the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience in London to show normal brain activity during sound-pattern analysis. They have a long-standing interest in specific disorders of auditory processing, such as auditory agnosia. Recent work has addressed links between acoustic pattern analysis in developmental disorders (eg dyslexia and Autism) and degenerative disorders (especially dementia)." CIT File ID: 12659 CIT Live ID: 3625. Close-captioned.
producer NIH Neuroscience Seminar Series
featuring Tim Griffiths
format Real Video
date 23/05/05
length 01:02:38
direct video link


Jul 26, 2007

Outsider Video Art

title Perp-Head!!!
description The creator appeared to be suffering classic symptoms of paranoid schizoprenic psychosis and expressed those thoughts (i.e. "Who is talking to your mind?") in this short film that could be considered outsider art. The creator is known on YouTube and for a steady stream of videos about electromagnetic waves and mind control, which may be dismissed as the products of a crank rather than seen as motivated by psychosis. But on the internets, who's to say what the intent was? Or the results, other than a lack of viewers and comments. It's more interesting to view the video in this light (and not to laugh at it at Omni Brain).
producer Suz Lebouef
featuring thoughts
format WMV, Flash
date 2007
length approx 00:01:00


Jul 23, 2007

Vintage Brain Movies

title Sagittal MRI Movie
description From 1994, a vintage MRI animation with a sagittal view. Play or scroll back and forth. Index for it and nine other clips here.
producer Michigan State University and the National Science Foundation
featuring Keith
format Quicktime
date 1994
length approx 00:00:30
direct video link

Produced by Michigan State University with the support of the Division of Integrative Biology and Neuroscience at the National Science Foundation. Thank you to Prof. J.I. Johnson for permission. The brain movies and still images from the cool Brain Biodiversity Bank are freely available to share with permission and credits. These days that could be covered with a Creative Commons license, but those didn't exist in 1994.

More vintage MRI and PET animations, these from 1989, here.


Jul 16, 2007


title Understanding Language
description An episode of Grey Matters. "Language is inarguably the hallmark of humanity. The countless and constant ways in which humans use language are astounding. Scientists debate whether the ability to communicate with high degrees of complexity is the predecessor or the consequence of the thinking ability that distinguishes the human species from other animals. In this lesson, Professor Jeffrey Elman explains what aspects of communication humans share with other animals. As he reviews the research and explains the current theories, two main themes are striking:
1. The human ability to communicate through language is an extremely unique, highly diversified result of a coordinated collaboration amongst many specialized functions of the brain; and
2. Scientific research and the development of scientific theories is progressive, involving collaboration among many specialized scientists."
producer UCTV: UCSD-TV
featuring Jeff Elman
format Real Media
date unknown
length 00:59:15


Jul 15, 2007

Researching Alzheimer's

[image from supplementary data for DYNAMICS OF GRAY MATTER LOSS IN ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, Thompson et al., 2003, J Neurosci. Click to view more animations.]

title Speaking of Science: Alzheimer's: When Will We Find a Cure?
description "Marilyn Albert, The Johns Hopkins University, Allan I. Levey, Emory University, and Richard Mayeux, Columbia University, discussed the latest advances in Alzheimer’s research at a Speaking of Science event, co-hosted by Syracuse University and the Dana Foundation. Guy McKhann, the Johns Hopkins University, and William Safire, chairman, Dana Foundation, served as co-moderators."
producer The Dana Foundation for the Brain
featuring see description
format embed
date 12/06/07
length approx 01:18:00


Jul 12, 2007


title Now Epileptic
description "Epilepsy is something that's been a part of my life for the better part of a decade and this is one of the first tracks that kinda describes the feeling, even though not much of this guy's family background applies directly to me. I'm not looking for a "awwww" or anything like that. It is just is one of those things."
producer LiveVideo user dv8tion242
featuring dv8tion242's MRI with audio track by Cottonmouth, Texas - Now Epileptic
format Flash embed
date unknown
length 00:03:45


Jul 9, 2007

Option Paralysis

title The Paradox of Choice
description "Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central belief of western societies: that freedom of choice leads to personal happiness. In Schwartz's estimation, all that choice is making us miserable. We set unreasonably high expectations, question our choices before we even make them, and blame our failures entirely on ourselves. His relatable examples, from consumer products (jeans, TVs, salad dressings) to lifestyle choices (where to live, what job to take, whom and when to marry), underscore this central point: Too many choices undermine happiness."
producer TED Talks
featuring Barry Schwartz
format Flash embed
date **/07/05
length 00:19:48


Jul 6, 2007


title Decisions, Responsibility and the Brain
description "Neuroscientist Patricia Churchland explores how the human mind functions in guiding one's decisions." Questions of neurophilosophy, free will, neuroethics, morality, behaviour, causality and more from a leading expert.
producer UCTV Grey Matters
featuring Patricia Churchland
format Google Video
date 17/05/06
length 00:55:42

Via Scitizen.


Jul 5, 2007

Time Perception

title Time [excerpt]
description "Research being done in psychologist Dr. David Eagleman's lab, piloting free fall experiments to explore time warping during high adrenaline situation. Time, a four-part series, was released on BBC."
producer BBC
featuring David Eagleman and subjects
format YouTube embed
date 2006
length 00:05:11

Via Scitizen.


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