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How does my brain work? Playlist: How does my brain work? 9 talks · 2h 20m · Curated by TED – How exactly does the brain — a 3-pound snarl of nervous tissue — create inspired inventions, the feeling of hunger, the experience of beauty, the sense of self? Researchers at the edge of science explain

9 classic movies about memory manipulation, and how they inspired real neuroscience by TED
Videos - classic movies about memory manipulation, and how they inspired real neuroscience

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  2. Total Recall
  3. Memento
  4. Inception
  5. 50 First Dates
  6. The Manchurian Candidate
  7. Trance
  8. The Bourne Identity
  9. Dark City


Oprah Winfrey talks to Dan Pink about A Whole New Mind - “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” — Albert Einstein The context is a review of the book A Whole New Mind. Oprah and Dan talk about the move from Left Brain (Logical, Analytical, Fact Based, Detailed, Past/Present, Rational Mind – rational mind is a faithful servant) to Right Brained (Intuition, Feelings, Now/Present, Emotions, – intuitive mind is a sacred gift). Oprah Winfrey talks to Dan Pink about A Whole New Mind, Part 1 from Daniel Pink on …


How much can an extra hour’s sleep change you? - What they discovered is that when the volunteers cut back from seven-and-a-half to six-and-a-half hours' sleep a night, genes that are associated with processes like inflammation, immune response and response to stress became more active. The team also saw increases in the activity of genes associated with diabetes and risk of cancer. The reverse happened when the volunteers added an hour of sleep.
The Brain Science Behind Gut Decisions - ...carries the information from the intestines, heart, muscles and bones upward from the spinal cord. As it comes up, part of it goes to the deepest part of the brain called the brainstem, which influences our heart rate and respiration. Also a twig of it will go over to an area called the hypothalamus, where it will govern what to do with our endocrine system, and influence your hormonal environment....
Right Brain vs Left Brain - Brain Tests LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS uses logic detail oriented facts rule words and language present and past math and science can comprehend knowing acknowledges order/pattern perception knows object name reality based forms strategies practical safe — RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS uses …
Why Your Brain Needs Water - Why Your Brain Needs Water Years of research have found that when we’re parched, we have more difficulty keeping our attention focused. Dehydration can impair short-term memory function and the recall of long-term memory. The ability to perform mental arithmetic, like calculating whether or not you’ll be late for work if you hit snooze for another 15 minutes, is compromised when your fluids are low. To put the water requirements in perspective: The average adult brain is 1.3 to 1.4kg and is approx 2% (obviously varies) of the overall weight of the adult human. The brain is 70-80% water and …
Walking to protect your memory - It is great to use NLP and other tools to expand your choices in life, make better use of your mind and body, develop yourself and improve, but we must not neglect our mind and body from an holistic point of view. This article Walk Much? It May Protect Your Memory Down the Road suggests that walking at least six miles (nearly 10k) per week may protect brain size and in turn, preserve memory in old age, according to a study published in the October 13, 2010, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. …
The old ‘only using 10% of your brain’ myth - We often hear and have heard it misquoted – you’re only using 10% of your brain and how would you like to use the other 90 percent? But what do they mean by this; was this the real quote? Did …
How could the theatre of the mind be generated by the machinery of the brain? - What Hallucination Reveals about Our Minds Added by Sonya Yeh Spencer, ITANLP Trainer, Educator & Coach Did you know that about 10 percent of the hearing impaired people get musical hallucinations and about 10 percent of the visually impaired people get visual hallucinations? How do we do it? In this facinating video, you will learn a little bit more about how our brain works. Dr. Oliver Sacks shares with you some interesting insights.
Podcast: Michael Arbib on Mirror Neurons - Added by Mark Spencer, ITANLP Trainer, Educator and Coach A mirror neuron is a neuron that fires both when an animal or human acts and also when the human or animal observes the same action performed by another. From an NLP perspective, we would say that the functions of Mirroring were discovered 20 years earlier by Grinder and Bandler during the earliest days of the creation of NLP and it took some years for the Scientific community and the associated instruments (such as fMRI) to prove or rediscover them. Brain Science Podcast #39: Michael Arbib on Mirror Neurons Originally Posted …
Podcast: Making a Decision? Take Your Time - A recent study shows that when faced with a decision, it’s best to take some time–relax and cool off–so logical thinking can guide us to the best choice. Christie Nicholson reports (Scientific American) Play the Podcast here: sa_p_podcast_100417 or from Scientific American’s Website (Note that this broadcast uses stereo features and for part of the time, sound only comes from one channel) Brain imaging studies show that low offers activate the anterior insula, an area associated with feelings of disgust or anger. So the authors note that the delay allows us to chill out and accept the most logical and …
Podcast: Neuroscience Is Everywhere - From literature to architecture, academics and entrepreneurs are using neuroscience to explain everything from why we like a complex narrative thread to why round tables are more social. Christie Nicholson reports (Scientific American) Play the Podcast here: sa_p_podcast_100403 or from Scientific American’s website …all sorts of industries are jumping to use any new brain information to support their work. Neuromarketing claims to get objective truth about peoples’ preferences by decoding the “reactions” of our neurons. Companies like No Lie fMRI, Inc., are capitalizing on the potential for tools that can “read the brain” to replace the polygraph in lie detection. …

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9 classic movies about memory manipulation, and how they inspired real neuroscience compiled by TED…. a look at just a selection of movies that deal with twists of memory.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Writer Charlie Kaufman and director Michel Gondry dreamed up this 2004 indie classic, in which a man (Jim Carey) and woman (Kate Winslet) attempt to erase the memory of their relationship. Ramirez mentions this movie in his Fast Company interview, pointing out a scientific flaw in it. “One thing Eternal Sunshine got wrong was localizing memories. There’s a scene with Elijah Wood, where they’re going into the brain, and [saying] ‘There’s a memory right here, it’s at point A in the brain’, and boom, they delete it. But in reality, memories are distributed throughout the brain,” he says. “There’s the memory of Kate Winslet, and then there’s the awful underlying, visceral feelings that Jim Carey has when he recalls Kate Winslet: the emotional undertones that color in that memory. The emotional undertones and the memory of Kate Winslet itself are largely mediated by separate brain systems. So you can imagine going into the brain, finding the brain cells that represent that dark feeling of a break-up, and inactivating only those.”

Total Recall. In this 1990 classic, a construction worker visits the company “Rekall,” in order to have the memory of a vacation to Mars implanted in his mind. The procedure backfires. Soon, he learns that he is not who he thinks he is at all — but that he’d previously wiped his memory of an entire life on the red planet.

Memento. The 2000 film Memento, directed by Christopher Nolan, is a story told in two directions — both in reverse and chronologically. In it, a man with anterograde amnesia (Guy Pearce) is not able to store new memories, and thus uses tattoos, notes and photos to give himself bits and pieces of his dark, complex reality.

Inception. Ramirez referred to his most recent study as “Project Inception.” Why? Because in this 2010 movie, also from Christopher Nolan, a corporate thief (Leonardo DiCaprio) sets out on what he believes is an impossible mission: to plant an idea in another person’s subconscious through a dream, a thing referred to as “inception.” The movie is both a visual feast and a complete mind workout.

50 First Dates. In this 2004 romantic comedy, a man (Adam Sandler) attempts to woo a woman with memory loss (Drew Barrymore), who after a car accident wakes up every morning thinking it is October 13, 2002. This means that the man has to charm her on repeat, day after day. A light comedy, yes, but still one Ramirez credits for his interest in the science of memory.

The Manchurian Candidate. In this thriller from 1952, the son of a political family is kidnapped during the Korean War along with his platoon. He is brainwashed, and programmed to be an assassin — a killer with no knowledge of what he is doing. Over the course of the movie, his war buddies begin to realize something is amiss, and try to figure out what has happened.

Trance. This psychological thriller, released in the spring, is probably too new to be considered a classic. But we’re including it here regardless because of the themes in the Danny Boyle film. The basic plot: an art auctioneer is part of a plot to steal a painting, but receives a blow to the head that leaves him unable to remember where the painting is. He turns to a hypnotist for help.

The Bourne Identity. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is an incredible assassin — fluent in many languages, a great fighter and quick with weapons. Only, he has no memory of why. In this 2002 Doug Liman film that launched a franchise, Bourne tries to discover who he is, while the CIA tries to take him out.

Dark City. Mysterious men in black coats and top hats come in the night to take people’s memories and replace them with new ones, in this neo-noir film from 1998. The atmospheric movie focuses on one man, accused of murder but sure he didn’t do it. Eventually, he discovers that he has the same abilities to manipulate memory as the so-called “Strangers.”