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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Everything’s Canceled: Coping Tips Straight from a Psychologist

(light music) – This whole coronavirus thing is pretty scary. Worldwide hundreds of thousands of people are getting sick and the death toll keeps rising. The stock market is tanking. People are losing their jobs. You know, we’re all stuck at home. That’s why I’m still shooting episodes on my phone, in my apartment, with no production crew. Social distancing,…

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Why Getting Dizzy Breaks Your Brain (Temporarily)

“The world is spinning around in a circle!” If you spin around, you get dizzy. That’s not exactly rocket science. We’ve all been there. But you can hijack your senses like we just did and get what I’m gonna call weird dizzy. And it can teach us how our bodies know where they are in space. Hey smart people, Joe…

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Why Are Some People Left-Handed?

[MUSIC] [MUSIC] Evolution spent nearly 400 million years crafting these works of art, two of the most important pieces of the human evolutionary puzzle. Yet 99% of us end up being good with one hand and not the other, for common tasks like writing, high-fiving, and the all-important one-handed texting. Even life itself seems to have chosen sides: our amino…

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The Man With a Hole in His Brain

Back in 1848 in the North-Eastern United States, there was an ordinary young man who had a pretty extraordinary accident. You may have heard of Phineas Gage, the railway foreman who had a one metre iron rod blasted through his skull—and survived. It’s pretty graphic, think bits of skull and brains bursting out of his head. This is my friend…

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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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Bring a sound to life. | Jamal Cyrus | The Art Assignment

This episode is sponsored by audible. We are in Houston, Texas outside of Inman Gallery which is currently hosting an exhibition of the work of Jamal Cyrus who were going to be meeting with today. Cyrus synthesises a wide range of materials and disciplines in his practice, which is recent years has included: a marquee that resuscitates and repeats a…

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Google Owns 28% of Your Brain

Every morning, when my alarm goes off, I don’t hear a traditional chime – rather, my Amazon Echo plays motivational music to encourage me to actually get out of bed. Then it plays a video news briefing, suggests what I should wear based on the weather and then hands it over to my Google Assistant. Hey Google, what’s on my…

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Is Your Brain Too Old For Video Games?

Today, 63% of U.S. households are home to someone who plays video games regularly. In the broadest sense most of us are “gamers” and “Let’s play” has become a national motto But since the early days of pinball machines and classic arcades, one thing has been crystal clear Some people are way better at this than others Nowhere is that…

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