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In this episode, host Joe Hanson and YouTuber Molly Burke, who is blind, discuss echolocation. They work through a series of active echolocation exercises to help the brain construct images of their environment. Part of the "It's Okay to Be Smart" series.
With support from the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, psychologist Brad Duchaine and his team are studying the brains of 20 people with "face blindness." The team hopes to better understand the computational and neural basis of face processing in general. The research will help scientists develop a classification system for the condition and advance understanding of how different face-processing abilities are organized in the brain. Part of the "Science Nation" series.
The parakeet starts with a monologue about the differences between people. The first guest, the, jaguar, is upset that his friend the turtle was not at his tree party. But the turtle is also upset because she went to the party, but she couldn't get in because she couldn't climb the tree. The fleas present a documentary on disability in humans. The celebrity guest, a blind tenor, explains why the blind see things differently.
Kathy Blake is blind but two years ago she got a glimmer of hope. She heard about an artificial retina being developed by a company called Second Sight and the Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles. It was experimental, but Kathy was the perfect candidate. With funding from the National Science Foundation, a camera is built into a pair of glasses, sending radio signals to a tiny chip in the back of the retina. The chip, small enough to fit on a fingertip, is implanted surgically and stimulates nerves that lead to the vision center of the brain.
Tony Ro, a neuroscientist at The City College of New York, is artificially recreating a condition called blindsight in his lab. Blindsight is a condition that some patients experience after having damage to the primary visual cortex in the back of their brains. What happens in these patients is they go cortically blind, yet they can still discriminate visual information. With support from the National Science Foundation, Ro is developing a clearer picture of how other parts of the brain, besides the visual cortex, respond to visual stimuli. He says understanding and mapping those alternative pathways might be the key to new rehabilitative therapies.
As millions of receptors in the human nervous system respond automatically to light, sound, touch, and smell, and send information to the brain, the body acts. Explores a condition amputees experience known as "phantom pain" or "phantom limb." Also explains how the blind "see" words with the receptors in their hands.
Watch the story of how gene therapy restored the sight of a nearly-blind young patient. Told from the perspective of two researchers who spent over 25 years working to develop this breakthrough technology, this short film chronicles their successes and challenges, and illustrates how the method works to treat inherited conditions.
Courtney Ritz began working as an intern at NASA Headquarters in 2001. This experience inspired her to pursue a career with NASA, and she became a full-time employee at the Goddard Space Flight Center in 2002. As a web accessibility coordinator, she has used her technical skills and experience as an individual who is blind to promote accessibility. Part of the "Women@NASA" series.
Explores how eyes work and how eyes help us understand the world. Explains how safe behaviors and healthy habits can prevent illness and injury to eyes. Discusses what to expect from an eye examination and other eye tests. Talks about how visually impaired children walk with a white cane and read Braille.
Angler is a blind chocolate lab and is living the good life; however, the situation gets dangerous at feeding time. Millan also visits the home of German shepherd Zeus. He is a loved pet, but the neighbors and his owners have had enough of his antics. Part of the "Dog Whisperer" series.
Technology and science are working to restore, replace, and supercharge the powerful human sense of hearing. Meet a man who is blind whose hearing is so acute that he can navigate a bicycle by the sound of the echo of a click. This episode also highlights some of the advances made in hearing aids and work being done by researchers to use sound to improve cognition and memory during sleep. Part of the “Human + The Future of Our Senses” series.
I think what your eyesight does is confirm other senses, says James Robertshaw, a world champion kite flyer and for two years personal assistant to Rory Heap. Heap has been blind from birth, but with Robertshaw's assistance pursues his ambition for kite flying--particularly of complicated figure eight patterns. Using all of his senses except for sight, Heap learns how to fly a kite with the same dexterity that Robertshaw uses to guide him through busy city streets.
Sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell send sensory messages to the brain at a speed of 430km/hr. The brain deals with 11 million information signals per second, and this continual flow of information is sorted and analyzed by the brain, which directs the senses, organizes them, and improves them. The brain’s plasticity allows it to continually adapt. If and individual loses one sense, the brain reorganizes and compensates by increasing the power of the other senses. This episode highlights an artist who is blind and uses his fingers to feel the color of the paint before applying it to the canvas. Part of the “Human + The Future of Our Senses” series.
Gene therapy is a method for treating inherited diseases by delivering corrective versions of genes to patients. Dr. Jean Bennett and Dr. Albert Maguire focused their careers on developing a successful gene therapy for an inherited form of childhood blindness called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). This documentary tells the story of how the LCA gene therapy was developed. Students will learn how autosomal recessive conditions are inherited, how scientists can use modified viruses to deliver human genes to cells, what makes the eye an ideal tissue for gene therapy, and how model organisms are used to test treatments before they are tested in patients.
Moko is an explorer. As he travels the world continent by continent, he makes many friends and discovers many natural phenomena which sometimes delight him, and other times scare him. Each animated episode recounts an adventure and takes an "original story" approach to explaining these natural phenomena. In this episode, as they drift away from the iceberg and are throwing their fishing nets, Moko and Alarick's boat is surrounded by a thick fog. Moko thinks this is smoke and that there must be fire. He cannot even see his friend, just hears his voice telling him that a sudden fog on the ocean can last for a long time and that only patience will save them. Moko thinks that he should not have thrown his net so soon and that the ocean is blindfolding them so they won't see which way it is taking them. Gliding along, they hear some strange sounds and see bizarre shapes in the mist. Alarick begins to play his flute and the fog begins to thin. They discover a lovely bay, sheltered from the wind, ideal for fishing. Moko is filled with admiration for his friend who knew how to tame the ocean.
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