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Mar 30, 2008


[Image: Looking in the Distance: Is Morality Instinctual?]

title Science Saturday: Morality and Religion
description A "diavlog" (split-screen cam interview) about morality between vivacious Yale psychology prof Paul Bloom and the charming Joshua Knobe, an assistant prof at UNC Chapel Hill and contributor to the blog Experimental Philosophy. Delves into cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience, child development, disgust, dualism, neuroethics, and related issues.
featuring Paul Bloom Ph.D., Joshua Knobe, Ph.D
format WMV, mp3, Flash
date 20/03/08
length 00:58:27

Via Mixing Memory.


Mar 26, 2008

Psychogeriatric Neuroimaging

title Neuroimaging in Old Age Psychiatry
description This is really something. A one-paragraph transcript caption linked to 30 seconds of on demand video, synched with PowerPoint and subtitle links in the sidebar in an enhanced learning portal for a day-long workshop (quizzes at the end). Seamless clicking from slide to slide/video to video between different parts of a talk and even different talks. (Sadly, the text is not searchable, and worse, it's IE only, so the quest for best new media goes on.) Dozens of MRI, CT, SPECT, diffusion tensor and other types of images of brains with discussion of imaging techniques and the impact on research. Awesome.
producer International Psychogeriatrics Association
featuring Dr. David Ames, Dr. Patricia Desmond, John O'Brien DM
format Internet Explorer only, custom window
date May 05
length approx 06:00:00 total in 30 second modules


DBS Neurosurgery

[Image: portrait of Mark Niessner, who has a fun and lively patient diary about his DBS experience, including some videos. Not involved with the vodcast below.]

title i on NIH Vodcast Episode #0006
description A US government vodcast complete with transcript, though it's not indexed to the video. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) co-worker developed Parkinson's Disorder, and is featured in a third segment interview. "Host Joe Balintfy: Often promoting the importance of medical research through the NIH Radio News Service and NIH Research Radio Podcast, Bill made the decision to volunteer for a clinical trial, and was selected for the surgical treatment: DBS, which is major brain surgery." He and his neurosurgeon then describe the surgery. Dr. Pancrazio says, "But it really is something that’s very new, it’s something that, you know, our society has a lot of questions about. What does it mean for us and it’s something that I think that every patient who’s participating in a trial is a pioneer." The final segment of the vodcast interviews an NIMH researcher about stress.
producer Joe Balintfy, National Institutes of Health
featuring Bill Schmalfeldt, Dr. Josesh Pancrazio, Dr. Esther Sternberg
format MPEG4
date 12/10/07
length 00:28:23
direct video link


Mar 18, 2008

Future Antipsychotic Drugs

[Image: Glutamate transporters in a glial cell, photo by Michel Baudry, not from this video.]

title Glutamatergic Agents for Schizophrenia: Looking Beyond Dopamine
description A good speaker, with a detailed look at the newest directions in neuropsychopharmacological research to treat schizophrenia and psychosis. Glutamate, dopamine, NMDA receptors, folate, lessons from clozapine, and more. It's the Philip R.A. May MD Memorial Lecture; in 2007/8 given by the eminent Donald Goff.
producer UCLA, Semel Institute
featuring Donald C. Goff, MD
format Real Video
date 22/01/08
length 00:58:20
direct video link


Mar 17, 2008

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

title Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder
description A lovely multimedia presentation, video indexed and linked in short clips, which you can download in 3GP to watch on your mobile (or in other formats). Simple Q&A with a doctor, general audience level. There's also a companion patient interview, Recovering from BDD.
producer UCLA Semel Institute, Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program
featuring Dr. Jamie Feusner
format iPod (MPEG4), 3GP, mp3
date unknown
length 00:07:50 in segments under 02:00


Mar 12, 2008


title Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight
description Horray! I've been waiting for this since I found out she'd be at TED, and I'm not disappointed. Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroscientist who had a stroke, recovered creatively by making stained glass brains, gained insights on emotions and time and wrote a terrific memoir about it all. At TED she shares lessons learned through her altered perceptions (most importantly, being in the moment). This is a great, inspiring talk that received a standing ovation.
producer TED Talks
featuring Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
format Flash, MPEG4
date 27/02/08
length 00:18:44


Mar 11, 2008

Neuroscience for Kids in Motion

Image: from Neuroscience for Kids. I put together a puzzle to get the larger image, an ecard, from a thumbnail. Check out more puzzles and ecards, many created for this Brain Awareness Week.

title BrainWorks
description "With the help of five kids, host Eric Chudler [of the awesome, award-winning Neuroscience for Kids web site] takes viewers on a journey inside of the brain. The show begins in the studio with an introduction to the nervous system. The kids then visit laboratories where they learn about automatic functions of the brain and how the electrical activity of the brain is recorded. Back in the studio, the kids see a real human brain and build their own model nerve cells and brains." Exuberent science education. Info is aimed at adolescents, in an introduction to the brain with many statistics, demos, and fun primitive visualizations with balloons and clay.
producer University of Washington
featuring Eric Chudler, Brian Ross, Kathleen Mulligan, Debra Rollevson
format streaming in WMP, Quicktime or as a single podcast or vodcast in MPEG4, mp3
date 13/04/06
length 00:28:30


Mar 9, 2008

Neuroethical Decisions

title Decisions, Responsibility and the Brain
description 12th annual lecture, for a general audience, features a MacArthur prize-winning neurophilosopher on new questions of ethics, law and free will that accompany neuroscientific discoveries (especially concerning impulse control). "Understanding how the brain works is essential to understanding the mind," says Churchland. "Questions concerning what free choice really amounts to have long been at the center of philosophical reflection. New discoveries, especially those revealing the role of specific neurochemicals and those addressing the nature of impulse-control, lend a special and very practical urgency." Press release.
producer Swartz Foundation's Stonybrook Mind Brain Lecture Series
featuring Patricia Churchland
format live streaming Quicktime
date 10/03/08, begins at 4:30 EST
length near 01:00:00
direct webcast link

It's likely the same lecture previously featured here, but maybe she'll add something for the occasion.


Mar 3, 2008


title Allman Lecture on Intuition
description Intuition, and Von Economo a.k.a. spindle neurons, in a long talk from the Brain, Mind and Consciousness series.
producer Skeptic's Society
featuring John Allman
format Flash
date 03/10/07
length 02:42:08

Via Man Without Qualities.


Mar 2, 2008

Dynamics of Working Memory

title Cortical Dynamics of Working Memory
description UCLA researcher Furster describes computational aspects of working memory. Additional PowerPoint presentation [ppt].
producer IBM Research's Almaden Institute Conference on Cognitive Computing
featuring Joaquin Fuster
format Flash (on Google) or MPEG4
date 10/05/06
length 01:13:04


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