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RSA Animate – The Divided Brain

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In this new RSA Animate, renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our 'divided brain' has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society.

How Does It Feel to Be Charged by a Wild African Lion – Alayne Cotterill

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In Chapter 8 of 13 in her 2010 interview with Capture Your Flag Host Erik Michielsen, wildlife biologist Alayne Cotterill shares what it feels like when getting charged by a wild African lion in the her field work. Th...

Memories are Made of This

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Eric R. Kandel, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, examines whether the brain's two major memory systems, implicit and explicit, have any common features. Implicit and explicit memory both have a short-term...

Authors@Google: Dr. John Ratey

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In Spark, John J. Ratey, M.D., embarks upon a fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything fr...

Can stem cells restore vision in retinal degeneration?

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Researchers are applying stem cell transplantation to problems of photoreceptor preservation and replacement. Such an approach holds promise in the setting of disabling conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and...

From Nose to Brain: The Neurology of Smell

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What's remarkable about the olfactory system is that from the outside world to the highest level of brain tissue there are only two synapses.

Sonia Arrison: The Man Who Used to Have HIV

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There are so many advances going on right now in biotechnology that really have a wow factor," says Arrison. "Gene therapy to cure cancer and tissue engineering, growing brand new tracheas in the lab, also to cure can...

Personal Growth Series: Dr. William Dement on Healthy Sleep and Optimal Performance

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Under ordinary circumstances, healthy sleep is by far the most powerful determination of high-level performance and productivity. Three major characteristics must be present to define healthy sleep. They are (1) a suf...

Michio Kaku: Mankind Has Stopped Evolving

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There are no more evolutionary pressures driving gross human evolution, but that doesn't mean we won't be able to genetically re-engineer ourselves in the future.

Big Think Interview With Helen Fisher

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A conversation with the biological anthropologist and Rutgers University professor.

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