President Obama Speaks on the BRAIN Initiative and American Innovation

Dr. Francis Collins: Good morning. Thank you all for being here today. I’m Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health — NIH — and I am proud to have the honor of welcoming you here to the East Room of the White House for a very special scientific announcement by the President. Investing in biomedical research is one…

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Designing a new brain scanner (MEG)

All brain cells communicate with each other by passing tiny little electrical currents. Those electrical currents generate magnetic fields and those fields exist outside the head. So in MEG what we try to do, is measure the magnetic fields that occur outside the head that are generated by currents in your brain and by measuring those magnetic fields we can…

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Human Brain Prefers Pitch

Our study is looking at the brain mechanisms that are thought to support auditory pitch perception and compares those mechanisms between old-world macaque monkeys and humans. Just to compare how the brains of these two species handle sound signals. And we discovered that the monkeys have very different mechanisms in their brains — a very different organization for handling sounds…

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Mind-altering microbes: how the microbiome affects brain and behavior: Elaine Hsiao at TEDxCaltech

Translator: Marta Gysel Reviewer: Ariana Bleau Lugo It never ceases to amaze me that each of us carries around a 3 pound mass of cells in our heads that controls literally everything we do. Importantly though, the brain doesn’t act in isolation from the body, but rather responds to the needs and experiences of each of our organ systems. Now,…

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A Map of the Brain: Allan Jones at TEDxCaltech

Translator: Robert Tucker Reviewer: Ariana Bleau Lugo Complexity. Nothing quite embodies this word like the human brain. So for centuries we’ve studied the complexity of the human brain using the tools and technology of the day, if that’s pen and paper from the age of da Vinci, through advents in microscopy to be able to look more deeply into the…

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Wim Hof Method | “Brain over Body” Michigan Study

The human body naturally reacts the cold. It reacts to the cold unconsciously to preserve heat. The body feels the cold and works to constrict blood flow towards vital areas that need to be kept stable. It also releases hormones, like cortisol and norepinephrine. It induces involuntary muscular shivering and a change in breathing pattern. It’s also painful and people…

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Parkinson’s Disease Research and Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

Today I’m going to speak with you about Parkinson’s Disease, about an animal model for Parkinson’s Disease, and what we have learned from this animal model in order to treat better our human patients. Parkinson’s Disease is one of the most common neurological diseases. We believe that it affects about 1% of the population above 60 years. And with the…

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Feral Children and a Little Neurology

(whooshing) (clicking) (dinging) (soft bright music) – [Narrator] We are the paradoxical ape. Bipedal, naked, large-brained, long the master of fire, tools, and language, but still trying to understand ourselves. Aware that death is inevitable, yet filled with optimism. We grow up slowly. We hand down knowledge. We empathize and deceive. We shape the future from our shared understanding of…

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