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IS YOUR BRAIN MALE OR FEMALE?

For centuries men and women seem to have baffled each other. Are boys really better at maths and spatial skills? Are girls better at empathy? What makes us have different strengths and weaknesses? And are these innate or are they shaped by cultural influences?

Dr Alice Roberts and Dr Michael Mosley investigate the latest neuroimaging techniques and behavioural studies to determine whether men and women are wired differently. If they are, could this research be harnessed to improve the lives of both men and women?

Note: This BBC production not available in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, USA, Canada.


DVD / 2014 / () / 50 minutes

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DARA O'BRIAIN'S SCIENCE CLUB 1: BRAIN

A lively look at the science of the brain

This is the place to explore the latest groundbreaking ideas that will change the world we live in. Entertaining and thought-provoking, Dara O Briain's Science Club combines lively studio discussions featuring some of the world's most eminent scientists, with exciting experiments, studio demonstrations and film reports of cutting-edge science stories. Brain explores the ideas that are transforming our lives and our understanding of the world.

Note: This BBC production not available in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, USA, Canada.


DVD / 2013 / () / 50 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE ADVANCED - MEDICINE: REVOLUTIONARY BRAIN SURGERY

Medical professionals all over the world are constantly looking for better ways to treat patients and diseases. In this program, doctors at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center treat a patient with a type of cancer that affects the area of the brain that controls function. Glioblastomas are aggressive and often fatal malignant brain tumors. To combat the disease, revolutionary medical treatments are beginning to save lives all over the world. Doctors found that when the procedure called an awake craniotomy was used, they are able to remove the tumor from the brain without damage to the language areas. During an awake craniotomy, surgeons can converse with the patient to hear if the language areas of the brain are being affected before removing the tumor, thus preserving very important parts of the brain as much as possible. In addition, the medical staff is able to create a vaccine from the extracted tumor. After the tumor is harvested during surgery, certain proteins from the cells are purified. These proteins are then concentrated and given back to the patient in simple injections. The purpose of this tumor vaccine is to spark the patient's immune systems to fight the tumor and attack it to keep it from coming back. This issue also goes in depth about how the human brain works, the different regions, and specifically the Wernicke's area, which is one of the two parts that is linked to speech.

DVD / 2013 / (High School or above) / 15 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE - PHYSIOLOGY: THE MEDICAL SERIES - THE BRAIN: THE FIRST COMPUTER

The human brain is often compared to a computer. Both receive input, process information and produce output. However the three-pound organ inside your head is far more complex, powerful and capable than even the most advanced computer. This program makes the comparison to show students what is known - and what researchers have yet to discover - about how our brains process and store information. Students will learn how the brain uses chemical messengers to control the body and some ways scientists are learning more about our amazing brains!

DVD / 2012 / (Grades 4-9) / 12 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE - PHYSIOLOGY: THE MEDICAL SERIES - THE HISTORY OF THE BRAIN

The extraordinary complexity and power of the human brain gives each of us the capability to do things other creatures cannot, such as read and write. This program introduces brain physiology and function and explains what makes the human brain so exceptional. It shows how brains have advanced in complexity from the arrangement of a few nerve cells in the earliest and simplest creatures to the complexity of the mammalian brain.

DVD / 2012 / (Grades 4-9) / 12 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE - PHYSIOLOGY: THE MEDICAL SERIES -BRAIN, MEMORY & SIGHT

We can remember the smell of an apple or a math formula. All these memories are stored in the three-pound organ inside our skull called the brain. This program looks at how memories are made - how we remember things and how the human brain makes sense of all the information constantly flowing into it and stored in it. Scientists believe that memories are broken up and stored in complex networks of brain cells and put back together when they are recalled. Discover how learning is linked to memory and how the sense of smell may enhance learning.

DVD / 2012 / (Grades 4-9) / 13 minutes

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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW: ABOUT BRAINS

about Brains takes a look at how the brain works.

Discover the inner workings of your brain, Einstein's biggest mistake, nature's mutations, the birth of the world's strongest material and the future of travel. Fast moving with a strong entertainment slant, each programme poses - and answers - the key questions that you need to know the answers to. Each question and answer has the potential to live as a stand-alone online clip - for example on YouTube - enabling viral marketing for the television entity.

Note: This BBC production not available in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, USA, Canada.


DVD / 2012 / () / 45 minutes

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BRAIN, THE: ACTIVITY, SLEEP & BOREDOM

In this DVD, physical activity and quality sleep are both vital for healthy bodies. A stoplight is used as a symbol to represent activity, boredom, and sleep.

1. Green Light = Go! Physical activity turns your brain on to learn. Our bodies need movement to stay healthy, but so do our brains!

2. Red Light = Stop! Sleep is vital for your child. How much do they need and why?

3. Yellow Light = Slow down! Doing "nothing", and even being bored, is actually very important to how we process the world around us, and studies suggest, it is vital to creativity! So how can you give your kids good boredom? And why doesn't watching TV count as this "down time"?


DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2011 / (Grades 7-Adult) / 20 minutes

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BRAIN, THE: PATTERN, STRUCTURE & NOVELTY

Our brains are wired to perceive patterns and structure in the world around us. Young children especially need structure to feel secure and be ready to learn. Yet our brains also are continually seeking something new! Too much of the same things causes our brains to get bored - and too many new things can cause confusion or chaos! Discover how to give young children the structure that they need to set up a strong foundation for learning, and how to add new activities and ideas in ways that nurture their hunger for learning.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2011 / (Grades 7-Adult.) / 20 minutes

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INSIDE THE HUMAN BODY: BUILDING YOUR BRAIN

In Building Your Brain, discover the beautiful, alien world within us all

Revealing the workings of the human body on a scale never seen before, this is the most comprehensive story yet of how our unique and amazing bodies make us who we are. In Building Your Brain, breathtaking CGI takes viewers inside the body to show how different parts of our anatomy have evolved and why. Extraordinary scientific images of the body reveal its most unusual and bizarre workings in minute detail.

Human behaviour is shown in super-slow motion, revealing elements of ourselves that we are completely unaware of, while footage of people around the world illustrates the universality of our experiences and how some can do amazing things, live in incredible places and push their physiology to the limits, all thanks to the highly evolved machine that makes we humans the world's most successful animal.

Note: This BBC production not available in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, USA, Canada.


DVD / 2011 / () / 50 minutes

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BRAIN, THE: DEVELOPING MEMORY IN DEVELOPING BRAINS

The human brain is fascinating íV every movement we make, everything conscious or unconscious stems from our brains. The most critical time for brain development is from birth to age five. What can parents and caregivers of children do to help give those developing brains the best chance for success? Discover how the basic workings of the brain influence our memory and how we learn and what can be done to encourage healthy brain development in children.

The Brain: Developing Memory in Developing Brains includes:
~ Review main parts of the brain: medulla, cerebellum, thalamus, and amygdala and their functions
~ Explore the difference between short and long term memory
~ Discuss practical things parents and caregivers can do to promote learning, such as finger plays, action songs, baby massage, and more
~ Examine the importance of multi-sensory learning and repetition
~ Encourage a child's self-confidence through positive affirmations, secure environments, and more
~ Create a joy of learning by making learning fun


DVD / 2010 / () / 21 minutes

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EMOTIONAL BRAIN, THE: AN INTRODUCTION TO AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE

With Brian Knutson, Ph.D.

Emotions color our everyday individual existence and shape all aspects of our interpersonal and intellectual experiences. In this film, animations and fMRI images introduce students to what we now know about the sub-cortical emotional circuits in the brain and chemical processes that produce our emotional responses and contribute to our decision making and mental health. Live action sequences, both in laboratory and real life situations, illustrate Dr. Knutson's research on risk taking and provide intriguing examples of the factors involved in the interplay of affect and reason in making choices.


DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2009 / () / 33 minutes

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BLOOD & GUTS: A HISTORY OF SURGERY - INTO THE BRAIN

Lunchtime lobotomies, microchips implanted inside bulls' brains, presidential daughters, a lifesaving piece of household wire and CIA-funded research

Into the Brain is the story of brain surgery. More than any other surgery, operating on the brain, from misguided psychosurgery to pioneering neurosurgery, has taught us who we are. But the most complex organ in the body hides its secrets well, and surgeons have ended up travelling some dark roads on their extraordinary journey to map the human mind.

The brain is our most complex organ. One hundred years ago, cutting into the brain was a terrifying prospect for both patient and surgeon. Harvey Cushing, the so-called "father of neurosurgery", revolutionised brain surgery. Before him, it was little more than bloody butchery which killed around 70% of patients.

Michael travels to Yale University to see Cushing's archive: a collection of over 1,000 perfectly preserved human brains. The infamous Walter Freeman was responsible for the lobotomisation of thousands of individuals. His brutal operations - often using ice picks driven into the brain through the eye socket - left many patients with life-long psychiatric problems.

Michael meets one of Freeman's victims, 59-year-old Howard Dully, who was lobotomised at the age of 12. Michael also takes part in a "mind control" experiment at University College London to help surgeons map the brain. Using "transcranial magnetic stimulation" or TMS, the experiment asks how it will affect Michael's ability to perform even the most simple of tasks.

Finally, Into the Brain shows an extraordinary operation on 28-year-old florist Kathryn, who has a malformed blood vessel in her brain. Incredibly, Kathryn must remain fully conscious as her brain is operated on to ensure no damage is caused. This remarkable operation would have been impossible without some of the pioneering surgeons of the past. Note: This BBC production not available in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, USA, Canada.


DVD / 2008 / () / 50 minutes

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MAKING SENSE OF SENSORY INFORMATION

With Dale Purves, Ph.D.

For thousands of years, humans have asked if we perceive the world accurately through our senses. Because seeing is so important for our functioning in the world, efforts to understand how perceptions are generated have most often focused on vision. Based on current research in cognitive neuroscience, this film explores the challenge of explaining visual perception. The production includes an overview of the human visual system, illustrated with animated graphics and live action footage, and it describes, using a series of engaging optical demonstrations, the profound technical and philosophical challenges scientists face in attempting to explain perception. The film ends with a thought provoking discussion of the essential role of human experience in determining what we perceive.


DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2008 / () / 37 minutes

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NERVOUS SYSTEM, THE: NEURONS, NETWORKS, AND THE HUMAN BRAIN

Nervous System DVD begins by examining the structure and function of neurons; resting, action and post-synaptic potentials; and reflexes and neural networks. The peripheral, somatic, autonomic, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are introduced before looking at the central nervous system. After describing spinal cord structure and function the program then examines the human brain including the medulla, pons, and cerebellum of the hindbrain; the reticular formation of the midbrain; and the thalamus, limbic system and cerebral cortex of the forebrain.

DVD / 2008 / () / 39 minutes

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DISCOVERING THE HUMAN BRAIN: NEW PATHWAYS TO NEUROSCIENCE

With Susan Bookheimer, Ph.D.

Using the resources of the UCLA Brain Mapping Center, this film illustrates the development of neuroscience from its classical reliance on information from brain injuries and autopsies through the new insights discovered with electronic microscopes, EEG equipment, PET scans and MRI machines. Examples of current research that utilize these tools are presented including a study on the role of mirror neurons in autism and the mapping of a woman's several language centers before surgery for a brain tumor. Animations and graphics review the gross anatomy of the brain and the actions of its neurons.


DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2007 / () / 29 minutes

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DON'T DIE YOUNG - SERIES 1: THE BRAIN

Dr Alice Roberts delves deep into the body's most complex organ - The Brain - and discovers how the brain can be tricked into seeing illusions which don't exist, and how it can be trained to improve its memory function.

Rugby fanatic and primary school teacher Sean Gilbertson has trouble remembering the names of the 27 pupils in his class; he thinks it is down to the 40 separate concussions he has received playing his beloved sport. He has now been told to quit rugby - or risk damaging his brain permanently.

Alice invites Sean to her lab to find out more about the intricate workings of the brain, but will his newly gained knowledge persuade him to find a gentler sport? They hope to learn more about the brain's remarkable powers of memory courtesy of Dominic O'Brien, eight times world memory champion, who can recite the correct order of 54 packs of playing cards after seeing them just once.

Both Dominic and Sean have a brain scan which reveals how differently the brain works. Alice also discovers how sleep deprivation affects the brain, by sending the body hunger messages which lead her to eat more. She also sets out to discover whether getting a good night's sleep can help people lose weight.

Note: This BBC production not available in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, USA, Canada.


DVD / 2007 / () / 30 minutes

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HUMAN BRAIN DEVELOPMENT: NATURE AND NURTURE

With Helen Neville, Ph.D.

The fascinating interplay of genetic predispositions and experience in the development of the brain after birth is demonstrated in this film produced at the Brain Development Laboratory at the University of Oregon. Three profiles of plasticity are depicted with compelling film sequences of behavioral, MRI and EEG research into the development of visual perception and language acquisition from infancy through old age. A congenitally deaf young woman, hearing university students and lively preschool children participate in controlled studies that illustrate both how neuroscience research is conducted and also how all brains change over time and circumstance. Practical advice for the utilization of sensitive periods and optimal specialization of brain areas make the learning of these concepts meaningful to students.


DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2007 / () / 27 minutes

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BRAIN, THE: AN OWNER'S MANUAL - BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND MEMORY

In Part 8 of his in-depth telecourse, Professor Joel Benington focuses on Brain Development and Memory, discussing how memory is created and stored.

DVD / 2004 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 90 minutes

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BRAIN, THE: AN OWNER'S MANUAL - HIGHER ORDER SENSORY PROCESSING

Professor Joel Benington discusses pathways of information: how the brain feels, hears and sees; plus higher order sensory processing. Lecture topics include: neuronatomy, somatosensory processing, auditory and visual processing.

DVD / 2004 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 90 minutes

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BRAIN, THE: AN OWNER'S MANUAL - HOW NEURONS COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER

In Part 3 of his in-depth telecourse, Professor Joel Benington delves into the fascinating and intriguing process of the brain turning reality into perception.

DVD / 2004 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 90 minutes

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BRAIN, THE: AN OWNER'S MANUAL - HOW NEURONS WORK

In this second part of a 10-part telecourse, Professor Joel Benington helps clarify the complex role that neurons and chemicals play in the structure and function of the human brain.

DVD / 2004 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 90 minutes

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BRAIN, THE: AN OWNER'S MANUAL - HOW WE SEE AND HEAR

Professor Joel Benington expands on his in-depth investigation of the brain and human senses. In Part 4 his focus is on how the brain functions in helping humans see and hear.

DVD / 2004 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 90 minutes

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BRAIN, THE: AN OWNER'S MANUAL - LANGUAGE AND CONSCIOUSNESS

Professor Joel Benington concludes his 10-part telecourse by observing how we communicate, with a specific focus on spoken language; plus a discussion on consciousness and the brain.

DVD / 2004 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 90 minutes

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BRAIN, THE: AN OWNER'S MANUAL - OVERVIEW AND INTRODUCTION TO BASIC BRAIN FUNCTIONS

Professor Joel Benington introduces his 10-part telecourse on the brain and provides viewers with an in-depth overview to basic brain functions.

DVD / 2004 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 90 minutes

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BRAIN, THE: AN OWNER'S MANUAL - SLEEP AND WAKING; PLEASURE AND PAIN

Professor Joel Benington discusses sleep, waking and the biological clock; then vigilance, arousal and attention to detail; lastly, pleasure and pain, motivation, Parkinsonism, schizophrenia and addiction.

DVD / 2004 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 90 minutes

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BRAIN, THE: AN OWNER'S MANUAL - THE AGING BRAIN: LEFT-BRAIN/RIGHT BRAIN DIFFERENCES

In Part 9 of his in-depth telecourse, Professor Joel Benington explores how the human brain ages and the left-brain/right-brain dichotomy

DVD / 2004 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 90 minutes

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BRAIN, THE: AN OWNER'S MANUAL - TOUCH, TASTE AND SMELL

In Part 4 of his in-depth telecourse, Professor Joel Benington "comes to his senses," focusing on how the brain affects a human's touch, taste and smell.

DVD / 2004 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 90 minutes

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BRAIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM: YOUR INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY

This program explores the brain and nervous system, using the analogy of computers and the Internet. Topics discussed include electrical impulses and how nerve messages travel; parts of the brain and their functions; how the brain and spinal cord are protected; the senses; and diseases, drugs, and their effects on the brain and nervous system.

DVD / 1998 / () / 31 minutes

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