Bird Brains – Pretty Darn Smart

By Eric on Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Filled Under: Grey Matters

"Research has changed our concepts of brain
 organization and provided dramatic evidence
 showing far greater similarities between brains
 of birds and brains of all mammals. Harvey Karten
 explores what goes on inside a bird's brain. Learn
 how brains of birds compare to those of humans and
 other mammals and find out what the study of bird's
 brains can teach us about the nature and origins of
 human brains."

Harry Harlow on Attachment

By Eric on Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Filled Under: Historic footage

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“Harry Frederick Harlow (October 31, 1905–December 6, 1981) was an American psychologist best known for his maternal-separation and social isolation experiments on rhesus monkeys, which demonstrated the importance of tangible affection in social and cognitive development. He conducted most of his research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow worked for a time with him.

Harlow’s experiments were controversial, and as a result, his research was influential to many in the animal rights movement. Deborah Blum’s The Monkey Wars describes the influence of Harlow’s research on the burgeoning animal rights movement and subsequent improvement of research animal treatment.” <more>

Brain Development

By Eric on Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Filled Under: Grey Matters

"UCSD Cognitive scientist Joan Stiles reveals the
 latest understandings about the intricate
 relationship between biology and external
 influences in the development of the brain."

The Origin of the Human Mind: Brain Imaging and Evolution

By Eric on Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Filled Under: Grey Matters

"UCSD cognitive scientist Martin Sereno takes you on
 a captivating exploration of the brain's structure
 and function as revealed through investigations
 with new advanced imaging techniques and
 understandings of evolution."

Where Are We with the Autisms?

By Eric on Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Filled Under: UCTV

Rapid progress is being made on a number of fronts with regard to understanding the factors that increase the risk for developing autism. Autisms is among the most common of neurodevelopmental disorders. Autism risk also is highly heritable. A brief overview of the current state of thinking regarding genetic risk is discussed.


Stem Cells: The Brain’s Beginnings

By Eric on Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Filled Under: Grey Matters

"During the past decade, there have been dramatic
 advancements in the brain and cognitive sciences.
 For the first time, understanding how the brain
 works has become a scientifically achievable goal.
 In this new lecture series,
 Grey Matters: Molecules to Mind, San Diego's
 leading neuroscientists explore the human brain.
 The first lecture in this series addresses an
 issue that has often been absent in these
 discussions: what role do stem cells play
 in development of the brain?"