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Experimenting with Experiments: Video Segments

These segments from Human Spark, highlight elements of designing and critiquing experiments with living subjects. They may be used on their own in the classroom or as part of the lesson plan, "Experimenting with Experiments."

May 8th, 2010 | 1 comment

Intro to Evolution: How Did We Get Here: Video Segments

These segments from the PBS series The Human Spark, introduce students to Darwin’s theory of evolution and how it applies to human development throughout earth’s history.

May 8th, 2010 | Comments Off

Journey into the Brain: Video Segments

These segments from The Human Spark explore the human brain, including information about brain regions, brain activity and technologies used to explore brain activity.

May 8th, 2010 | Comments Off

Social Skills: Video Segments

These video segments from the PBS series The Human Spark investigate the differences and similarities between the respective social dynamics of humans and our closest primate relatives and what they may tell us about what—if anything—may make us uniquely human.

May 8th, 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
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