Archive for March, 2007

Psychiatric Advance Directives

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

title More Details of Psychiatric Advance Directives: How to be Your Own Advocate
description How to create a psychiatric advance directive (PAD) with American medico-legal instructions for treatment in the event of an episode of serious mental illness with compromised thinking and/or psychosis with anosognosia. Discusses in plain language the contents and elements of a PAD with tips for creating one. More videos available as well, mostly brief.
producer National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives
featuring actors
format annotated slideshow with audio
date unknown
length 00:13:29


Addiction Neurobiology

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Open Mind Series: On Addiction is a day of expert lectures.

Swapping Drugs

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

title CAST Vancouver – CAST Launched
description Chronic Addiction Substitution Treatment (CAST) (web site, with more videos and references) is a Vancouver, Canada proposal for a study to begin fall 2007 (as yet unapproved) substituting legal amphetamines for crystal meth and cocaine derivatives in chronic addicts. Similar to methadone treatment, but for stimulant abusers. What CAST fails to adequately address is mental health care for concurrent disorders. Many street addicts have serious mental illnesses and currently receive inadequate, if any, treatment in a city focussed on self-managed wellness plans while planning to close more hospital beds in 2009.
producer CTV British Columbia
featuring Mayor Sam Sullivan and team
format embedded
date 26/02/07
length 00:02:18


Video Vision

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

title Eyesight Chip
description “A new eye implant that transmits images to the brain [from a camera] is one step closer to reality [and entering clinical trials]. The device has already restored partial sight to patients with total vision loss. This ScienCentral News video has more.” Find out more about this and other retinal prosthetics in a Neurofuture post.
producer Steven Boling & James Eagan for ScienCentral Inc.
featuring Hymen Marder, Visually Impaired; Mark Humayun, Doheny Eye Institute
format embedded QT or RM
date 15/03/07
length 00:01:35


DNA Dilemma

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

title Huntington’s Disease – Reporter’s Notebook
description New York Times video and accompanying multimedia on getting tested for Huntington’s Disease (an incurable hereditary neurological disorder) in Facing Life with an Incurable Gene.
producer New York Times
featuring Amy Harmon
format embedded
date 18/03/07
length 00:02:49

Hat tip: Mind Hacks.


Robotic Rehab

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

sculpture by Lewis Tardy

title Robotic technology gives hope
description “Physicians and physical therapists at UT Southwestern are using a robot to teach the spinal cord and brain, with sensory information, to signal the body to step again.” More.
producer The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
featuring Lokomat, patient Chuck Benefield, Drs. Keith Tansey and Patricia Winchester
format Real Media
date 29/04/04
length 00:01:29
direct video link

Above: sculpture by Lewis Tardy.


Whitman and Neuroscience

Friday, March 16th, 2007

title Seed Inspiration Festival: Jonah Lehrer
description The literary connection between neuroscience and Walt Whitman.
producer Seed Magazine
featuring Jonah Lehrer
format embedded Flash
date 19/12/06
length 00:15:41


Prison Psychology

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

title Stanford Prison Experiment
description Historic video clips (edited for an unknown TV show) from the famous Stanford Prison Experiment conducted by Philip Zimbardo, in which healthy volunteers fall into unhealthy situational roles. Zimbardo recently discussed its relevance to contemporary war crimes by US soldiers. Coincidentally, the person who posted this video to YT commented that the experiment “reminded me of basic training.”
producer unknown
featuring participants from the experiment
format embedded YouTube
date 1971
length 00:05:24


Divided Attention

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

title Divided Attention
description fMRI study on shifting attention between vision and audition; a practical application warns of the danger of cell phone use and reaction time while driving.
producer Johns Hopkins University
featuring Steve Yantis
format QuickTime, WMV
date 05/06/05
length approx 00:03:00
direct video link


Nobel for Smell

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

title Unraveling the Sense of Smell
description Nobel Lecture by Linda Buck, winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for “discoveries of odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system. In a series of pioneering studies the laureates have clarified in molecular detail how our sense of smell works.”
producer Nobel Media AB
featuring Linda B. Buck, Ph.D
format Real Media
date 08/12/04
length 00:45:00
direct video link


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