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Neuroscience

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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

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

Interactive

Interactive: Highlights from the Human Spark

Scroll through this interactive feature to learn a bit about some of the evidence Alan examined as well as some of the current debates in the field.

Jan 6th, 2010 | 11 comments

In the News

In the News: Monkey Brains Process Drumming Like Vocalizations

A new study looked at how macaque monkeys respond to other monkeys’ efforts at communication in the form of drumming or vocalizing.

Dec 11th, 2009 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Behind the Scenes and Inside the Skulls

We took a look inside Alan's brain using an MRI machine. Apparently he has quite a plump hippocampus.

Aug 7th, 2009 | 4 comments

In the News

In the News: Test Your Brain

A Web site called Test My Brain lets you participate in online experiments and get feedback about how you compare to other online participants.

Jun 12th, 2009 | 1 comment

In the News

In the News: Counting Without Numbers

One of the earliest things American children are taught is how to count items out loud. But how much do we understand about numbers before we learn this vocabulary?

Dec 23rd, 2008 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Video Interview: Scott Watrous, MRI Technologist

One of Scott’s most important responsibilities is making sure that nothing that can react with a magnet gets anywhere near the MRI machine. Watch this interview.

Oct 14th, 2008 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Photos: Behind the Scenes at the Brain Development Lab

Check out these behind-the-scenes photos from our day filming with Helen Neville and colleagues at the Brain Development Lab at the University of Oregon.

Sep 22nd, 2008 | 1 comment
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