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Basic diagram of the parts of the human brain. Design modalities for the image include braille with and without labels, print with and without labels in greyscale, color, and texture.
Sagittal, or side view of the human brain shows the different lobes of the cerebral cortex. The frontal lobe is at the front center of the brain. The parietal lobe is at the top back part of the brain. The occipital lobe is at the back of the brain, and the temporal lobe is at the bottom center of the brain. The motor cortex is the back of the frontal lobe, and the olfactory bulb is the bottom part. The somatosensory cortex is the front part of the parietal lobe. The brainstem is beneath the temporal lobe, and the cerebellum is beneath the occipital lobe.
The human brain is often compared to a computer, but this three-pound organ is far more complex, powerful, and capable than the most advanced computer. Everything we do, are, think, and feel begins with the brain. Defines the parts and functions of a brain cell, explores how the brain works, and mentions brain chemicals.
Neuroanatomist Jacopo Annese is looking for 1,000 brains. The Director of the Brain Observatory at the University of California, San Diego is on a quest to collect, dissect, and digitize images of the human brain for the Digital Brain Library, which was launched with support from the National Science Foundation. Annese and his team look for connections, mapping brain structure and connecting it to human behavior. He believes that with a large enough catalog of brains preserved as virtual models, scientists can explore the organ in ways unheard of, revealing new insights into what makes the brain tick.
On this episode, host Jason Silva investigates the ways memory can be both misled and improved. He also explains various types of data gathered from brain studies. Part of the "Brain Games Family Edition" series.
In this episode, host Emily Graslie visits with JP Brown and the staff at Regenstein Conservation Lab. Graslie learns about their conservation work as the museum prepares for a new exhibit on mummies. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.
Psychiatrist and author Dr. Norman Doidge travels across North America to meet some of the pioneering researchers who made revolutionary discoveries about the plasticity of the human brain. He also visits with people, once thought to have had incurable brain injuries, who are now living normal lives. Known in scientific circles as "neuroplasticity," this radical new approach to the brain provides an incredible way to bring the human brain back to life.
The smartest people in the world have spent millions of dollars trying to develop high-tech robots. Even though technology has come a long way, these humanoid robots are nowhere close to having the "brain" and motor control of a human. Why is that? A MIT scientist explains the motor control processes in the human brain, and how cutting-edge research is trying to implement it in robots. Part of the "Science Out Loud" series.
In many ways our brains may be like those of animals, but in our capacity to think, to remember, and to create we are much different. Looks at some of the reasons for these differences, exploring the neural structure of the human brain, our physiological brain capacity, and the use of memory and symbols.
The connections between neurons in the brain are involved in everything humans do, and no one’s pattern is the same. Imagine the medical breakthroughs if doctors understood more about the brain’s circuitry. With support from the National Science Foundation, neuroscientist and psychiatrist Karl Deisseroth and his multidisciplinary team at Stanford University have developed a new imaging technology that essentially makes the brain transparent. They can then generate detailed 3-D images that highlight specific neuronal networks. Deisseroth has named this process “CLARITY.” Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Drug addiction is a disease of the brain, and teens are at the highest risk for acquiring this disease. Stephen Dewey and other leading scientists detail how drugs like heroin, nicotine, cocaine, and marijuana change the brain by altering the way it registers pleasure. Young recovering addicts describe how addiction involves intense craving for a drug and loss of control over its use.
What happens in your brain when you get lost or forget something? Johns Hopkins University Neuroscientist Amy Shelton believes she can find the answer. With funding from the National Science Foundation, she’s testing human spatial recognition. Study subjects learn and recall their way around a virtual maze while an MRI scans their brains. By analyzing MRI images of blood flow in the human, Shelton can get a picture of how the brain learns and recalls the spatial world outside the body. By understanding those processes, she believes she can develop techniques that will help improve human memory.
The human brain is wired to perceive patterns and structure in surrounding environments. Young children especially need structure to feel secure. Yet the developing brain is also continuously seeking new information. Discover how to give young children the structure they need to establish a strong foundation for continual learning. Part of "The Brain" series.
In this episode, host Jason Silva explores the two hemispheres of the brain. Some of the exercises and activities focus on the way the right and left hemisphere of the brain work together. Part of the "Brain Games Family Edition" series.
Takes viewers to an inner city high school where students had serious discipline and learning problems. More than half of the eighth and ninth grade students here were diagnosed with ADHD, and many worked at fourth grade level. The teacher, Allison Cameron, discovered the groundbreaking research by the Harvard Professor of Psychiatry, John J. Ratey, M.D. (author of "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain"), showing a link between sustained aerobic activity and the brain's ability to grow new cells. Allison also learned that Napierville High School in the Chicago area, which began exercise programs 18 years ago, has one of the best academic records in the U.S.
Dr. Marian Diamond was a pioneering scientist and educator and considered one of the founders of modern neuroscience. At the University of California, Berkeley, she and her team were the first to publish evidence that the brain can change with experience and improve with enrichment, what is now called neuroplasticity. This documentary follows Dr. Diamond over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to her many scientific accomplishments.
Researchers around the world can compare notes on one of the most powerful tools available for imaging human brain function, the fMRI, thanks to support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project, called OpenfMRI, allows scientists to share their data easily and securely in a standardized format. The advantages are clear to Stanford neuroscientist Vinod Menon, who researches brain development and is using OpenfMRI to validate his research. Menon says as more studies are added to OpenfMRI, it becomes a powerful tool for diagnosing and treating neurological disorders. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
In this episode, host Emily Graslie discusses the pangolin or "scaly anteater." They are typically found in Africa and covered in an armor to protect them from predators. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.
Physical activity and quality sleep are both vital for healthy bodies, as well as healthy brains. Viewers learn the relationship between activity, boredom, and sleep and how each plays a role in healthy development of children. Part of "The Brain" series.
In this episode, host Emily Graslie meets with Bill Stanley, Director of the Gantz Family Collections Center, to discuss the discovery of a new species. The species was stored in the museum's mammal collection for decades until found by professor Kristofer Helgen. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.
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