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The Developing Child: Lesson Overview

Using segments from the PBS program: The Human Spark, students learn about the changes that occur in children as they grow. (Grades 9-12)

Jun 18th, 2010 | Comments Off

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Program Three: Brain Matters: Video: Full Episode

Peer into Alan Alda's head as we uncover where our most human abilities reside. Watch the full episode now.

Jan 19th, 2010 | 23 comments

Video Excerpt: Social Networks and the Spark

Alan Alda finds out how human social networks compare to those of chimps and watches babies pick cooperative puppets over those that won't play.

Jan 17th, 2010 | 6 comments

Video Excerpt: Kermit Loves a Bucket

Cognitive psychologist Elizabeth Spelke tests the representational thinking skills of children by asking them to relate a map to the real world.

Jan 16th, 2010 | Comments Off

Hollywood Chimps – The Debate

Some chimp experts have concerns about how media portrayals could affect chimpanzee welfare in the United States and abroad.

Jan 13th, 2010 | 16 comments

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Program Two: So Human, So Chimp: Video: Full Episode

Alan Alda explores how much humans and chimps have in common, and what sets us apart. Watch the full episode now.

Jan 12th, 2010 | 35 comments

Web-Exclusive Video: Mirror Neurons

What in the world are mirror neurons? And why might they be important for humans to possess?

Jan 12th, 2010 | 11 comments

Web-Exclusive Video: The South African Spark

Was the area that is now the coast of South Africa once an important site of innovation for early humans?

Jan 11th, 2010 | 3 comments

Web-Exclusive Video: Belgian Neanderthals

Take a look at the excavations at Scladina, a deep cave only recently discovered outside Liege, Belgium, where Neanderthals lived 100,000 years ago.

Jan 8th, 2010 | Comments Off

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Program One: Becoming Us: Video: Full Episode

Alan Alda confronts the puzzle of why our ancestors got the Spark and evolved into us, while the first humans to leave Africa for Europe--the Neanderthals--never did.

Jan 7th, 2010 | 32 comments
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