Growing Nerve Cells

As if winning $1.5 million wasn’t enough, the winners of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry also get an enthusiastic “shout out” from us. As storytellers who rely on images or video to report on scientific discoveries , our jobs have been made a whole...

A journey to the center of your mind

Vilayanur Ramachandran http://www.ted.com Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between celebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and...

Arts and Cognitive Neuroscience

Experiences in which the senses are intermingled in usual ways are a common motif in the descriptions that mystics provide of their unordinary sensory experiences. This workshop examines the phenomenon of synaesthesia from a multi-disciplinary perspective in order to...

Mirror Neurons and Asperger’s Syndrome

It is believed by many that mirror neurons enable humans to emulate others and thereby empathise with one another. If true, functioning mirror neurons are essential for the socialization of children, and their lack of function would result in the social isolation...

Mirror Neuron Hypothesis of Autism

Marco Iacoboni, M.D., Ph.D. discusses the mirror neuron hypothesis of autism which suggests that reduced mirror neuron activity may be a central feature of autism. Mirror neurons are cells concerned with motor behavior and are considered neural precursors of neural...

Depth Electrode Recordings in the Brain

 Marco Iacoboni, MD PhD, is a neurologist and neuroscientist originally from Italy. Today he is at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he serves on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and is Director of the...

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