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Brain Science (02:23)


Dara O'Briain tells a story about a man who survived firing a nail gun into his skull and introduces panel experts.

Brain Research (01:40)

A panelist explains how MRI technology has advanced the study of mental function.

History of Brain Study (03:28)

Learn how scientific knowledge of the mind evolved from ancient Greece to the 20th century through head injuries, observation, and experiments.

Brain Function (02:02)

A panelist demonstrates how the brain works using a model. The cerebellum is the "computer."

Mobile Telephone Innovations (06:24)

Panelists discuss consequences of outsourcing brain functions with computer engineering. Mark Miodownik takes apart a Smartphone to learn how it allows constant information access and replaces memory.

Sensory Control Test (03:47)

An audience member demonstrates how we can fool our brains into feeling a phantom limb.

Remote Controlled Limbs (03:23)

Learn how scientists isolated brain signals dictating movement and developed a robotic device allowing a quadriplegic patient to grasp objects.

Mind Control Research (04:48)

Scientists have found that thinking and speaking words are controlled by different language areas. Patients with brain implanted electrodes can control a computer using their thoughts—suggesting future remote control possibilities.

Suppressing Memory (06:47)

Actor Jessica Hynes participates in a test memorizing word pairs and then actively blocking associated words. An MRI scan shows parts of her brain involved in "forgetting;" her success rate could be related to her profession.

Brain EQ (01:58)

Learn the brain's biological make up and percentage used for thought process. Weight compared to brain size determines intellectual capacity.

Brain Composition (04:15)

Learn how the brain's design increases neural conductivity. Mark Miodownik pulverizes a calf's brain to separate fats and proteins.

Smart Drugs (04:55)

Originally developed to treat brain disorders, cognitive medicines are widely used in the academic world. Learn how this poses an ethical dilemma.

Enhancing Brain Activity (03:29)

Panelists debate the ethics of taking smart drugs. O'Briain thanks guests and concludes the show.

Credits: Brain: Dara O'Briain's Science Club (Series 1) (00:35)

Credits: Brain: Dara O'Briain's Science Club (Series 1)

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Brain: Dara O'Briain's Science Club (Series 1)

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Combining in-depth studio discussion with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, Dara O Briain's Science Club takes a single subject each week and examines it from unexpected angles. In the fifth episode, Dara traces the brain's journey from a useless organ once ditched by Egyptian embalmers to the center of everything that makes us human. Science journalist Alok Jha asks whether smart drugs really make you brainier; oceanographer Helen Czerski explores cutting edge therapies allowing the brain to control limbs remotely; and materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes apart a smart phone. (50 minutes)

Length: 51 minutes

Item#: BVL57463

ISBN: 978-0-81609-362-5

Copyright date: ©2012

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