How Movies Control Your Brain

Alfred Hitchcock once said of films that “creation is based on an exact science of audience reactions” Many years after that shower scene, audience reactions are becoming an exact science – Neuroscientists are looking at how we watch movies to figure out which styles of filmmaking have maximum control over viewers’ brains. It’s popularly being called “neurocinema”. In one study,…

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This Is How Your Brain Grows

Inside your head you have about 86 billion brain cells, or neurons. That’s Joe, from It’s Okay To Be Smart. Now all those neurons live in particular regions of your brain. Take these here, those are the ones that help you see, whereas, well, way over here, those are the ones that help you move. And it’s pretty amazing to…

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You can grow new brain cells. Here’s how | Sandrine Thuret

Can we, as adults, grow new nerve cells? There’s still some confusion about that question, as this is a fairly new field of research. For example, I was talking to one of my colleagues, Robert, who is an oncologist, and he was telling me, “Sandrine, this is puzzling. Some of my patients that have been told they are cured of…

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What are the Parts of the Brain?

This is what a human brain looks like. It looks kinda like raw hamburger, but each part of the brain is responsible for different tasks. I’m Alie Astrocyte and you’re watching Neuro Transmissions. This week, we’re going to talk about the different structures of the brain, the roles they play, and how to tell if it’s cooked just right. If…

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Brain-Computer Interface – Mysteries of the Brain

♪ MUSIC ♪ TOM COSTELLO: Imagine moving a mechanical arm by just thinking about it. Or playing a video game using only your mind. Although it may seem like science fiction, scientists and engineers have been developing this technology for decades: it’s called brain-computer interface, or BCI. RAJESH RAO: The field of brain-computer interfaces relies on the ability of the…

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2-Minute Neuroscience: Blood-Brain Barrier

Welcome to 2 minute neuroscience, where I simplistically explain neuroscience topics in 2 minutes or less. In this installment I will discuss the blood-brain barrier. The blood-brain barrier is a complex that surrounds most of the blood vessels in the brain. It acts as a barrier between the bloodstream and the extracellular space of the brain, allowing only certain substances…

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2-Minute Neuroscience: Lobes and Landmarks of the Brain Surface (Lateral View)

Welcome to 2 minute neuroscience, where I simplistically explain neuroscience topics in 2 minutes or less. In this installment I will discuss the lobes of the brain and some major landmarks of the brain surface that can be seen from a lateral view. The brain is made up of two halves, known as cerebral hemispheres. When looking at the brain…

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Dan Harris: Hack Your Brain’s Default Mode with Meditation

There’s no way a fidgety and skeptical news anchor would ever have started meditating were it not for the science. The science is really compelling. It shows that meditation can boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, help you deal with problems ranging from irritable bowel syndrome to psoriasis. And the neuroscience is where it really gets sci-fi. There…

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Why Your Brain Is In Your Head

[MUSIC] In the animal kingdom, just about wherever we find brains, they’re wrapped in heads. But being so important, you’d think that evolution would have … I dunno, looked after the brain a bit better. It just doesn’t make sense that we wrap our most vital hunk of tissue in this thin candy shell, dangling out in the open where…

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