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Oct 25, 2007

Ramachandran Again

title A Journey to the Center of Your Mind
description "In a wide-ranging talk, Vilayanur Ramachandran explores how brain damage can reveal the connection between the internal structures of the brain and the corresponding functions of the mind. He talks about phantom limb pain, synesthesia (when people hear color or smell sounds), and the Capgras delusion, when brain-damaged people believe their closest friends and family have been replaced with imposters." I'm posting this despite the fact I always have to fix TED Talks' embed code, and despite the fact people (at least two, anyway) are tired of him talking about synaesthesia. It's an okay talk. Thanks for alerting me, Natasha. [OT - Why does everyone who gives a TED Talk look like they slept in the clothes they're wearing?]
producer TED Talks
featuring V.S. Ramachandran
format MPEG4 or streaming Flash
date **/03/07
length 00:23:46



[Image: Madeline is Sleeping, by fab neosurrealist artist Tina Imel (2007). Buy a print here.]

title Sleep, Memory and Dreams: A Cognitive Neuroscience Approach
description Robert Stickgold, Ph.D. of the Center for Sleep and Cognition at Harvard Medical School gives a visiting lecture at Yale Psychiatry. Discusses the physiology of sleep, memory consolidation, sleep deprivation, disorders, relevant neuropsychiatry and more. Excellent lecture, fairly decent video quality.
producer Yale University School of Medicine, Psychiatry Department
featuring Robert Stickgold
format Real Video
date 17/11/06
length 01:20:17
direct video link


Oct 22, 2007

Brain Injury

title Survive, Thrive and Alive!
description "[An] introduction to TBI [traumatic brain injury], a health issue affecting at least 1.4 million Americans each year. It features the recovery journeys of several service personnel and their families." General audience American media complexity level, but a well-produced and visually vibrant documentary.
producer Josie Hinnegan, Group Pictures, via Pentagon TV
featuring Donna Brosnek, Don Nidiffer, Treven Pickett, Darlene Pike, Colin Powell, Stephen Rousse, Deborah Warden, Michael Yochelson, George Zitnay, patients and their partners including Joseph and Ashley Grady
format Flash, WMV
date 2007
length 00:28:59


Oct 21, 2007


[Image: edible dessert jewelry by Ayako Suwa. Click to see more of the chef's fantastic food art.]

title Words Get in the Way: A Tasteful Exploration
description "Can a question influence its answer? Discover the power of verbal overshadowing--ways in which words enhance or distract from different sensory memories. Dr. Schooler, Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and research scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, will arrange a variety of sense-memory experiments, including wine-tasting and jellybean-tasting!" Archived audio only; not a podcast.
producer Exploratorium
featuring Jonathan Schooler, Sedge Thompson
format Real Audio
date 06/12/98
length 01:42:45
direct audio link


Oct 20, 2007

Managing Forgetting

title Managing Forgetfulness & Aging Successfully
description Webcast public forum and discussion on "disorders of the aging brain, strategies to help improve memory, and how to age successfully." Features the expertise of three doctors from the University of British Columbia's Brain Research Centre. Accompanied by background info and a resource guide for consumers. Great production, I hope we see more neuro webcasts from the Centre.
producer The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC
featuring Drs. Max Cynader, Howard Feldman, Jonathan Schooler, host "media doctor" Art Hister, introduced by President and Vice-Chancellor Stephen J. Toope and Ike Barber
format WMV
date 12/03/07
length around 02:00:00, in five shorter segments


Oct 17, 2007

Educational Gaming

title Playing To Learn
description "Are video games useful educational tools? Interactivity, exploration and use of imagination are all important elements of gaming as well as for learning. There are many games available that allow users to be creative and investigate. But when pupils use games are they learning about the educational principles behind them or just becoming better gamers? What are the challenges in creating an engaging classroom experience that can deliver the right kind of information? … Is interactive technology suitable for everyone? Find out if computer games really could provide a teaching revolution. Is the classroom of the future just a mouse click away?"
producer Dana Centre UK
featuring At The Science Museum in London, host Bill Thompson, Kairen Cullen, Adrian Hall, Steve Heppelx, Martin Oliver.
format mp3, Quicktime
date 07/12/06
length approx. 01:00:00
direct audio link (mp3)


Oct 15, 2007

Brain Disabilities in College

[art by Mark Thibadeau: Changing Winds: Learning Disabilities and Assistive Technology. full description]

title Invisible Disabilities and Post-Secondary Education
description "Young people with hidden disabilities such as learning disabilities or brain injuries describe their personal experiences and highlight strategies for helping them achieve success in college." Consumer-oriented documentary. Part of the series DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) available in audio or video podcasts (click link below for subscription info).
producer University of Washington
featuring various students and college staff
format streaming WMV or QuickTime; download mp3 or MPEG4
date 07/02/07
length 00:18:43
direct video link


Oct 5, 2007

Less Stress and Pain

title Health Matters: Stress and Pain Management with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
description "Dr. [Steve] Hickman utilizes Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) a particular way of paying attention: with mindful intention, in the moment, without judgment. Although MBSR embraces the acceptance of things as they are without striving, research has shown that, with regular practice, it has the potential to lower stress, anxiety, and depression. It can promote relaxation, improve concentration, raise self-awareness, and enhance the immune system." UCSD-TV also offers two more stress reduction videos here. Although mindfulness meditation borrows from Buddhism, don't mistake it for religion. "Those who have pioneered meditation for health purposes in Western medicine in the past three decades, (Herbert Benson, M.D., Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., and Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., to name a few) have made deliberate efforts to make the meditation practices they teach non-sectarian and available to people of any and all faith traditions. This is true, for example, for Benson's method of eliciting the 'relaxation response' in which instructions may have either a spiritual or secular focus depending on the individual's own preference."
producer University of California Regents
featuring host David Granet, Steven Hickman
format Real Video
date unknown
length 00:28:54
direct video link


Oct 2, 2007

Visual Neuroplasticity

title Critical period mechanisms of visual cortical plasticity
description "Dr. Hensch's group made the surprising finding that the maturation of inhibitory circuits - such as the stunted development of wiring in visual cortex from an eye deprived of vision - controls the timing of early brain plasticity. By directly manipulating the onset of such inhibitory transmission within the brain, Dr. Hensch and his colleagues have shown that neural plasticity mirrors this timing, a finding that has had a major impact on developmental neuroscience. He continues to investigate the structural and molecular mechanisms of these phenomena, as well as the role of rhythmic electrical activity that occurs in the brain during sleep, visual experience, and brain plasticity."
producer National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda
featuring Takao Hensch
format Real Video
date 23/04/07
length 01:13:00
direct video link


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