Archive for December, 2008

Video of the Year 2008

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

2008 was another year of huge growth in online video of all kinds. User-generated, institutional, events coverage, films, pubcasts and supplements, and anti-TV as well as some broadcast television (remember it?). It gets harder to keep up with and sort through the volume but with this narrow a niche, Channel N is doing fine. Here’s what I really liked in 2008.

Funny – The Experimental Philosophy blog ad is fresh and funny and well-made.

PSA – Suicide PSA. Most professionally-produced mental health PSAs I saw this year were utter rubbish, but user-generated PSAs (mostly student assignments) really shone. This one is good at inducing guilt.

Short – Trapped: Mental Illness Inside America’s Prisons. Visually exquisite with a strong message about severely mentally ill folks who are in prisons instead of now-closed hospitals.

Long – My fave DIY lecture video this year was from the 1st INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics. The presentation quality isn’t great, but the quality of the content is fantastic. Integrating Neuroscience Knowledge: Brain Research in the Digital Age is a dazzling tour of what’s new in the field(s).

Innovation – JoVE. The whole Journal of Visualized Experiments, now included in PubMed.

Overall – Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight. This neuroanatomist’s description of her stroke and recovery went viral, leading to Oprah, a bestselling memoir deal, and millions of inspired viewers. I’m proud to say Channel N was one of the first to promote it.


BCI headset for games

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

title Tan Le Brings the Force to Life with Mind Control Device
description The president and co-founder of Emotiv Systems demos a brain computer interface (BCI) headset designed for gaming. It’s not “mind control,” it’s wireless EEG with 13 biometric pattern detections synched to video game moves. In beta, the Emotiv EPOC is expected to ship in 2009 for $299 USD.
producer The Entertainment Gathering conference, on
featuring Tan Le
format Flash, mp4, mp3
date 12/12/08
length 00:21:59


Deal or No Deal Decisions

Monday, December 29th, 2008

title Decision Making and Rationality
description The Nobel laureate speaking on decision making and prospect theory.
producer Princeton University
featuring Daniel Kahneman
format mp4
date 16/04/08
length 01:04:50
direct video link


The Neurocritic explains how prospect theory is the basis of the game show Deal or No Deal.

Face Perception

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

title fMRI Investigations of Human Extrastriate Cortex: People, Places, and Things
description A basic lecture for the general public about visual perception and facial recognition, from the star-studded Columbia C250 Symposium. Indexed video with slides, and a PDF transcript.
producer Columbia University
featuring Nancy Kanwisher
format RealMedia
date 13/05/04
length 00:47:20



Thursday, December 18th, 2008

title Sherwin Nuland: My history of electroshock therapy
description A surgeon/author who underwent ECT (electroconvulsive therapy, commonly called electroshock) for depression gives an eloquent talk on its history and his own experience struggling with depression and its treatments until ECT helped him. There are many flames as well as compliments in the comments; few mental health issues are as divisive and controversial as ECT. However, this is not a pollyanna portrayal.
producer TED Talks
featuring Sherwin Nuland
format Flash, MP4
date **/02/01
length 00:22:18



Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

title The Irresistable Pull of Irrational Behavior
description “Why is it so difficult to sell a plummeting stock or end a doomed relationship? Why do we listen to advice just because it came from someone ‘important’? Why are we more likely to fall in love when there’s danger involved?” Interpersonal psychology lecture on sway. Semi-indexed video in an enhanced player here.
featuring Rom Brafman
format Flash
date 12/06/08
length 00:53:50


How To Make a Neuron Grow

Friday, December 5th, 2008

title Single Cell Electroporation in vivo within the Intact Developing Brain
description How to perform single cell electroporation, using a micropipette to introduce DNA into a single neuron in tadpole brains. A UBC student, Sesath Hewapathirane (in the Kurt Haas lab) received two UBC Faculty of Medicine Graduate Research Awards for 2008-2009 (congratulations) and did a great job with this pubcast video in the Journal of Visualized Experiments, too. Charismatic, with good narration.
producer D. Sesath Hewapathirane, Kurt Haas, JoVE
featuring D. Sesath Hewapathirane
format Flash
date 07/11/08
length 00:13:31


Delinquency Camp

Friday, December 5th, 2008

1950 educational film about juvenile delinquency and its cure, a summer camp.

Older Delinquents

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

1978 documentary about homeless alcoholics in Montreal.

Puppets to Prevent Delinquency

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Using a program with puppets to prevent delinquency in at-risk kids.

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