Archive for July, 2006

The Female Brain

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

[Not, technically, video – it’s a single photo, presumably of the researcher but that’s not clear, over an audio track of a phone interview. At least it’s edited.]

title The Female Brain
description Interview with Dr. Louann Brizendine, researcher and author of the hot new book, The Female Brain, on neuroanatomically-based sex differences, female-centred neuropsychiatry, and more.
producer Newsweek
featuring Louann Brizendine
format Flash
date 27/07/06
length 00:07:59
level basic

NOTE: Dr. Brizendine makes the claim that females have 11% more mirror neurons and that’s why women are more emotionally empathic. Hmm.


The Science of Love, part 3

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

title I Want A New Drug
description Prescient (if goofy) 1980s pop song associating love with neurochemicals. Lyrics.
producer Chrysalis Records
featuring Huey Lewis and the News
format YouTube
date 1983
length 00:03:28
level sub-basic


Neuroscience for patients

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

title Searching for Answers: From Understanding Principles to Optimizing Function
description Five introductory productions, titled Healthy Brain Aging: Doing It Right, Movement Disorders: Surgical Approaches, Spinal Cord Injury: Developing Prosthetic Arms, Improving Language & Literacy, and Autism: Early Detection & Improving Outcomes. DVD compiling all five is available free by snail mail to Americans (email re: other locations).
producer Society for Neuroscience
featuring (no text info available)
format Flash
date 2005
length 00:05:00 approx. each
level basic


1931 Harvey Cushing neurosurgery

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

The above portrait of Harvey Cushing by John Singer Sargent was reproduced on a 1988 American postage stamp.

title 2KTumor
description “Harvey Cushing’s 2000th Verified Brain Tumor Operation filmed on April 15, 1931 The procedure was photographed and edited by Walter W. Boyd, MD, and Richard U. Light, MD, and narrated by Dr. Light. It begins with Gilbert Horrax preparing the patient and continues through the conclusion of the surgery and a follow-up visit to the patient. As one of Dr. Cushing’s last residents, Dr. Light was well qualified to tell this story and includes vignettes about Mildred Codding, Louise Eisenhardt, and ‘Adolph.'”
producer Drs. Boyd and Light, Yale University
featuring Harvey Cushing
format .mov
date 1931
length clip approx. 00:02:00, order full length video $$$
level basic


Brain-Machine Interfaces

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

title Brain-Machine Interfaces
description “Brain-machine interfaces promise to aid paralyzed patients by re-routing movement-related signals around damaged parts of the nervous system. A new study in Nature demonstrates a human with spinal injury manipulating a screen cursor and robotic devices by thought alone. Implanted electrodes in his motor cortex recorded neural activity, and translated it into movement commands. A second study, in monkeys, shows that brain-machine interfaces can operate at high speed, greatly increasing their clinical potential. This Nature Web Focus includes exclusive interviews and video footage of experiments, alongside papers that paved the way for these recent advances.”
producer Nature
featuring various researchers
format streaming Flash
date 2006
length five clips approx. 00:05:00 each
level advanced


Ear and Brain

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

TitleRead My Lips – Can You Hear Me?
DescriptionSurrounded by the constant barrage of noise, how do our ears and brain process hearing? What other facial cues do we rely on for the free flow of conversation? And how do people who cannot hear communicate? Various demonstrations at a live event. Organised by The European Dana Alliance for the Brain and the Medical Research Council.
ProducerDana Centre
Featuringunidentified host and unintroduced guests (no video titling, no online info, no contact email – welcome to webcasting)
FormatWMV (online Javascript or external player)
Length01:30:00 approx.


The Science of Love, part 2

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

TitleThe Science of Attraction: Why Do People Fall in Love?
DescriptionInterview about the neurobiology of romantic love, with researcher Dr. Helen Fisher on the Today show.
FeaturingHelen Fisher, Matt Lauer
Length00:05:00 approx.


Stroke And Neurogenesis

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Title Stroke and Neurogenesis
Description NIH Videocast lecture with David A. Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D. of the Buck Institute for Age Research.
ProducerNational Institute of Health
Featuring David A. Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D.
FormatRealVideo podcast


Depression treatment in the news

Monday, July 17th, 2006
  • Title: Teens, Depression, Cognitive Therapy and Prozac
  • Description: “A study of depressed teenagers on the comparative benefits of cognitive behavior therapy and antidepressants tells us what we already suspected: therapy+medication=best treatment.” Report based on March et al. (2004).
  • Producer: CBC-TV News
  • Featuring: Paul Raeburn, reporter Maureen Taylor
  • Format: YouTube
  • Date: unknown
  • Length: 00:02:33
  • Link:



Thursday, July 13th, 2006
  • Title: Radiosurgery: A Noninvasive Brain Tumor Treatment Option
  • Description: Presented at the “Diagnosis Brain Tumor: You Are NOT Alone” conference, Oct 15,2005 JFK Medical Center, Edison, NJ, USA.
  • Producer: Musella Foundation For Brain Tumor Research
  • Featuring: Susan Pannullo, MD
  • Format: embedded Google Video (click above). Entire conference available on DVD.
  • Date: 15/10/05
  • Length: 00:31:45
  • Link:


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