Archive for December, 2006

Neurosociety

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

title Perception Shifting in Neurosociety: Ethical and Societal Implications
description Zack Lynch, President of NeuroInsights, discusses neurotechnology and its potential impacts at the Terasem Movement 2nd Annual Workshop on Geoethical Nanotechnology at the Green Mountain Center Retreat in Lincoln, Vermont.
producer Terasem
featuring Zack Lynch
format Google video
date 07/20/06
length 00:24:03
link http://www.terasemcentral.org/gn2lynchhb.html

Lynch also keeps an interesting blog, Brain Waves.

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Funny Science

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

title What Makes Us Laugh?
description “‘With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die,’ Abraham Lincoln once said. Why do we laugh? What emotions are generated in the brain by a funny situation?” Discussion on laughter and the brain.
producer European Dana Alliance for the Brain
featuring Mark Stevenson, Dr. Harry Witchel, Prof. Richard Fracowiak
format WMV
date 29/11/2006
length 01:30:00 approx
level general
link http://www.danacentre.org.uk/events/2006/11/29/197
direct video link mms://ms.groovygecko.net/groovyg/clients/nmsi/dana/Edab/29Nov06.wmv

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Giant Aneurysm

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

title Rescuing A Brain: A New Device for Treating Brain Aneurysms
description “Doctors treated 26-year-old Chris Ratsuszny’s giant brain aneurysm using a laser technique [bypass using an excimer laser] that is not yet approved in the U.S.” Accompanying NYT article and slideshow.
producer New York Times Video
featuring David Langer
format embedded
date 19/12/2006
length 00:03:57
level general
link http://tinyurl.com/y6hurj

Plus! Video clippings of another rare giant aneurysm.

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The Synaptic Self

Monday, December 18th, 2006

title The Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are
description “7th Annual Stony Brook Mind Brain Lecture,
Probing the Mysteries of the Mind. Joseph E. LeDoux, Ph.D., Professor of Neural Science and Psychology and Director, Center for the Neuroscience of Fear and Anxiety, New York University. Topic: The Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are”
producer The Swartz Foundation
featuring Joseph E. LeDoux, Ph.D.
format RealVideo
date 31/03/2003
length 01:12:00
level general
link http://www.swartzneuro.org/docs/swartz_5-9-03.ram

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Memory Dampening

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006


propranolol molecule

title Memory Pill
description “Lesley Stahl reports on a controversial treatment using the [beta blocker] pill propranolol to help suppress traumatic memories.” Stahl says, “It turns out our memories are sort of like Jell-O…” but it does get better. Here’s more info, and even better, the neuroethics of this treatment in the paper Therapeutic Forgetting: The Legal and Ethical Implications of Memory Dampening by Prof. Adam Kolber. From the abstract: “…traumatic events frequently lead to legal proceedings that rely on memories of those events. Drugs that dampen traumatic memories may someday test the boundaries between an individual’s right to medically modify his memories and society’s right to stop him from altering valuable evidence. More broadly, I respond to the Council by arguing that many of its concerns are founded on controversial premises that unjustifiably privilege our natural cognitive abilities. While memory dampening may eventually require thoughtful regulation, broad-brushed restrictions are unjustified: We have a deeply personal interest in controlling our own minds that entitles us to a certain freedom of memory.”
producer 60 Minutes
featuring Roger Pitman
format embedded
date **/**/2006
length 00:04:07
level general
link http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=2209102n

Via Kolber’s Neuroethics and Law Blog.

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Virtual Neuroendoscopy

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

title Virtual Neuroendoscopy
description Animated MRI virtual endoscopy in the brain, with fly-in. “T2 weighted MRI images. Virtual Endoscopy in CSF space. Neuro No.5,6,7,8 can be seen. Compression by artery. Trigeminal neuralgia syndrome. Volume Rendering.”
producer KGT Inc.
featuring animation
format Google video
date 29/12/2005
length 00:00:45
level general
link http://tinyurl.com/ymae9w

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Chemobrain

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

title Chemo tied to temporary shrinking of brain: study
description Another from CBC, this one recent: reporting on a study. “Women who had chemotherapy for breast cancer showed temporary shrinking in the regions of the brain responsible for memory and concentration, Japanese researchers say.” Abstract: Smaller regional volumes of brain gray and white matter demonstrated in breast cancer survivors exposed to adjuvant chemotherapy, Inagaki et al., 2006 (epub ahead of print).
producer CBC News
featuring Judy Mirus
format Quicktime or RealVideo
date 27/11/2006
length 00:02:30
level general
link http://www.cbc.ca/clips/mov/reith-chemobrain061127.mov

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Brain Disease and Euthanasia

Friday, December 1st, 2006

title Sue Rodriguez and the Right-To-Die Debate
description Archive presentation of TV and radio news clips about Sue Rodriguez, diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and her fight for euthanasia.
producer CBC News
featuring Sue Rodriguez
format embedded
date 21/02/1994
length 00:02:38
level general
link http://archives.cbc.ca/IDD-1-74-1135/people/sue_rodriguez/clip1

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