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The First Connection

Dr. Lane Strathearn describes the enduring nature of the mother-child bond and how that sets the stage for a lifetime of social connections.

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Asperger's Syndrome

  • Jason
  • Jason, who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, talks about his struggle to overcome his problems with social interactions.

    Dr. Ami Klim explains the challenges people with Asperger's have with intuitive behavior.

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The Tap Code

  • Bob S.
  • Bob Shumaker, a former POW in Vietnam, describes how he and his fellow prisoners developed a social network that was crucial to their surviving three years in solitary confinement. They succeeded by creating a tap code that allowed them to communicate through their cell walls.

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Understanding stress

  • Bruce McEwen Ph.D.
  • Dr. Bruce McEwen, Director, Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University, answers the questions, What is stress? Does stress harm the brain? and, What can we do to protect ourselves from stress?

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