Archive for June, 2007


Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Note: image is unrelated to the lecture, it depicts Maslow’s Hierarchy of [Psychological] Needs

title Hierarchical Temporal Memory: Biological Mapping to Neocortex and Thalamus
description “Jeff Hawkins and Dileep George have proposed a theoretical framework for how the hierarchical structure of neocortex builds a model of the world. This theory, called Hierarchical Temporal Memory (HTM) has been turned into a technology platform and is currently being applied to varied problems of pattern discovery and inference by their company Numenta. In this talk Hawkins will give a brief introduction to the technology and then give a detailed mapping between the concepts underlying HTM and the anatomy and physiology of neocortex and thalamus.” Download the software (v. 1.2 currently for Mac and Linux only) with free registration at Numenta’s site.
producer Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience
featuring Jeff Hawkins
format MPEG4, MPEG1, MPEG2, or embedded
date 20/03/07
length 01:24:40
direct video link


Eating Disorders

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

title Dying to be Thin
description Acclaimed documentary about anorexia and bulimia. Hour-long program separated into eight short clips for the web including one called “The Search for Answers” on precipitants and neurobiology of anorexia. Companion web site has teaching resources, transcript, links, help and resources, and more info.
producer PBS
featuring various experts and sufferers
format streaming QuickTime or Real Media
date 12/12/00
length approx 00:60:00, in segments


The State of Depression in America

Monday, June 25th, 2007

title The State of Depression in America
description “The State of Depression in America initiate reflects the huge unmet need to examine all aspects of this illness and fully educate the public about depression. Perhaps the greatest challenge is the wide disparities in the quality of care and access to tratment – disparities that cross socio-economic populations, state boundaries, and throughout the public and private payor systems. We have many opportunities to transform mental health care. But to meet the needs of the millions suffering with depression and the millions touched in other ways by this illness, we need far-reaching partnerships. To that end, DBSA compiled the State of Depression in America and presents its findings so that together we can make change happen.” There’s a more detailed accompanying report here.
producer Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
featuring Mike Wallace
format .asx
date 06/11/06
length 00:12:15
direct video link


Bipolar Cognition

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

title Cognitive Neuroscience and Bipolar Disorder: New Insights into Relevant Outcomes and Mechanisms of Disease
description From the abstract: “Traditional clinical descriptions of both phenomena and outcome in bipolar disorder are atheoretical and have limited heuristic potential. Cognitive neuroscience increasingly offers, in contrast, a novel synthesis of how the brain works in health and, more speculatively, in disease. The task is to identify semi-discrete components of cognition that provide insights into pathophysiology or drug action.” From the Sixth International Conference on Bipolar Disorder; all six conferences are online in video and audio, with the seventh conference to come soon. Meanwhile, congratulations to John McManamy, recipient of this year’s prestigious Mogens Schou Award for Public Service (pictured above) for his expert patient journalism. Well-deserved, and inspiring.
producer University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
featuring Guy Goodwin
format Real Media
date 06/17/05
length 00:24:36
direct video link
alternative direct audio link


Story of the Neuron

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

title The Story of the Neuron
description Weird. Just weird. Especially with that music soundtrack. Touted as a “documentary” about neurons, but…
producer Theo Verelst
featuring Theo Verelst
format Flash embed
date unknown
length 00:10:05


The Amygdaloids

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

title The Amygdaloids Play Madison Square Gardens
description The Amygdaloids are a “heavy mental” rock group of scientists. This video is from the NYU graduation ceremony at Madison Square Gardens, where the band played to an appreciative crowd and got The Wave. Check out more of their music videos here.
producer YouTube user mathproblems
featuring The Amygdaloids
format YouTube, Flash embed
date 08/05/07
length 00:06:55


Children’s Anxiety

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

title Helping Your Anxious Child or Teen
description Video for parents of children with anxiety disorders like OCD, social anxiety, separation anxiety, phobias, etc., with diagnostic tips, home management strategies and such. Series of interviews with experts on each type of disorder. Accompanying web site has lots of basic info for adults with disorders as well.
producer BC Partners
featuring Michael Catchpole and guests
format Flash
date 2007
length approx 45 minutes, in segments


Music Festival for Mental Health

Monday, June 11th, 2007

title Presentation on the Genetics of Mental Illnesses
description Distinguished speaker Daniel Weinberger’s seminar and Q&A from the 2006 Music Festival for Mental Health fundraising and educational event, geared to a layperson audience.
producer Staglin Family Vineyard
featuring Daniel Weinberger
format Google Video
date 30/09/06
length 01:23:30
direct video link


Brains on Fire

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

title What Forest Fires Tell Us About the Brain
description Seminar by a rare female in the field of computational neuroscience. Abstract: “The dynamics of large networks of spiking neurons resembles closely that of forest fires. During such events forests contain green, burned and burning trees; likewise neural networks contain sensitive, refractory and activated neurons. We show how models of neuronal activity, both as standard forest fires as well as networks of integrate and fire neurons, are capable of displaying a variety of interesting behavior. These include long-range, power law temporal correlations in the inter-spike interval histograms, criticality, stochastic resonance in the noise driven appearance of spirals of neural activity, traveling waves, and localized clusters of activated and refractory neurons which move around. Although mean field analysis is sufficient for the characterization of population behavior away from criticality, the analysis at the critical state requires the methods of statistical neural field theory to explicitly incorporate the effects of fluctuations.” My cell phone records better quality video than this, and most of the audience questions are inaudible, but it’s still an interesting talk.
producer Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience
featuring Tanya Baker
format Flash, MPEG4
date 05/12/06
length 01:23:30
direct video link or the shorter URL


Ultra High Gamma

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

title Ultra high gamma in the human electrocorticogram
description “From Neurons to Brain Activity: Scientists Discuss Modeling the Brain at Multiple Levels. Calit2 at UCSD played host over the weekend to the public portion of a three-day workshop on multi-level brain modeling. The weekend was organized by the Sloan/Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology at the Salk Institute and UCSD’s Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience. Multi-level brain modeling explores the relationships between measurements that span multiple levels of the brain — from the molecular properties of synapses, the dynamic properties of single neurons, the collective properties reflected in local field potentials, and the bulk properties of brain activity as measured with EEG, MEG and fMRI. According to Salk’s Terry Sejnowski, an academic participant in Calit2 and UCSD’s Institute of Neural Computation, who chaired the Atkinson Hall session, each of these levels has a substantial literature but too little effort has been put into understanding how they are related. Sejnowski’s introduction and four talks at Calit2 [available at the same link] were aimed at a more general audience, and set up the discussion for ensuing technical talks.”
producer California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology at UCSD
featuring Robert Knight
format RealVideo
date 04/10/06
length 00:39:10
direct video link

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