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December 29 2013


Neurogaming: What’s Neuroscience and Ethics Got To Do With It? - Exploring Ethics - UCSD-TV - University of California Television

University of California Television provides informational, educational, and enrichment television programming to the public and draws upon the vast intellectual, scientific, and creative talents of the University of California. http://www.ucsd.tv/search-details.aspx?showID=25114

November 22 2013


Science Weekly podcast: the waking nightmare of sleep paralysis

This week's edition is dedicated to the little understood phenomenon of "sleep paralysis": the experience of waking from sleep (or waking at the point of entering sleep) and being unable to move. It can be accompanied by hallucinations, fear, the sense of a "presence" in the room and the feeling of crushing pressure on the chest. People who have an episode of sleep paralysis will sometimes attribute it to something paranormal, such as attempted alien abduction. Christopher French, professor of psychology at Goldsmiths College London, and film maker Carla MacKinnon came into the studio to discuss The Sleep Paralysis Project where artistic and scientific perspectives on the condition come together to shine a light on this neurological glitch in our normal waking pattern. http://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2013/aug/05/podcast-science-weekly-sleep-paralysis
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August 29 2012


Science Friday Audio Podcast

David Eagleman Gets Inside Our Heads -- Neuroscientist David Eagleman exposes our unconscious minds in his latest book Incognito.

August 28 2012


BBC: Discovery

Barbara Sahakain -- Jim Al-Khalili talks to neuroscientist Barbara Sahakian about her Life Scientific.

January 17 2012


Big Picture Science

Wired for Thought -- A cup of coffee can leave you wired for the day. But a chip in your brain could wire you to a machine forever. Imagine manipulating a mouse without moving a muscle, and doing a Google search with your mind. Welcome to the future of the brain-machine interface. Don your EEG thinking-cap, and discover a high-tech thought game that may be the harbinger of machine relationships to come. Plus, the ultimate mapping project: the Human Connectdome Project aims to identify all the neural pathways in the human brain. It may help us understand what makes us human, but could it also point the way to making us smarter? And, what all this brain research reveals about the mind and free will – who, or what, is really in charge?

December 18 2011


BBC: Discovery

Exchanges At the Frontier 2011: Vilayanur Ramachandran has been called the Marco Polo of neuroscience. Join him in conversation with AC Grayling, as he demonstrates some of the simple experiments which reveal hidden truths about all of our brains.

April 27 2011


To The Best of Our Knowledge: Brainpower

Brian Christian relates his experiences in one of the most famous philosophical experiments ? the Turing Test. Sherry Turkle is fascinated by our interactions with machines, and talks about what she calls the mashup of online and offline lives. Michael Chorost thinks his cochlear implants make him a living example of man/machine integration. Neuroscientist Miguel Nikolelis talks about the possibility of upgrading our brains with computer chips.

February 14 2011


V.S. Ramachandran's Tales Of The 'Tell-Tale Brain' : NPR

Neurologist V.S. Ramachandran, a pioneer in the field of visual perception, explains how his simple experiments in behavioral neurology have changed the lives of patients suffering from a variety of neurological symptoms in The Tell-Tale Brain. http://www.npr.org/2011/02/14/133026897/v-s-ramachandrans-tales-of-the-tell-tale-brain?&sc=tumblr&cc=freshair

October 28 2010


Oliver Sacks

Neurologist Oliver Sacks tells stories of people who manage to navigate the world and communicate, despite losing what many consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power of speech, the ability to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read, and to see. In The Mind’s Eye he considers the fundamental questions: How do we see? How do we think? http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2010/oct/27/oliver-sacks/

August 16 2010


The Science and Function of Dreams

A look into our dreams—from sweet to nightmare. What they do for us and how much control we have over them.
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