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All Posts Tagged With: "Alan Alda"

Spark Blog: Alan Alda’s “King Kong” Encounter

Alan enters the lab at Yerkes hoping to learn about chimpanzees and facial recognition. But instead, the chimps show Alan and the crew who's boss.

Sep 4th, 2009 | 5 comments

Spark Blog: Chimpanzee Culture?

Psychologist Vicky Horner discusses research into chimpanzee cultural transmission. Do chimps have "culture" like humans?

Aug 26th, 2009 | 2 comments

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

Spark Blog: Video: Filming on a Freezing Footbridge

Producer Graham Chedd thought a chat en plein air would add some visual variation from the two-guys-sitting-on-a-couch-type shot that's always easy to get in a professor’s office.

Jun 10th, 2009 | Comments Off

Spark Blog: Video: North Carolina Through the Looking Glass

Larry Engel discusses the challenges and joys of filming Alan with the chimps at the North Carolina Zoo.

Jan 16th, 2009 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Alan Alda Meets the Chimps

We went to the North Carolina Zoo to meet the chimpanzees -- and evolutionary anthropologist Brian Hare. Here's what happened...

Dec 19th, 2008 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Mimicking Alan’s Body Language

We’ve just finished shooting at Duke University a series of experiments with Tanya Chartrand on how humans unconsciously mimic each other, and how this makes us more social.

Nov 24th, 2008 | Comments Off

Spark Blog: Photos: More from the Campfire Shoot

Here are some additional behind-the-scenes photos of the "Human Spark" nighttime campfire shoot with archaeologist Curtis Marean.

Oct 30th, 2008 | Comments Off

Spark Blog: Video: Making of a Fireside Chat Scene

In Arizona, Alan and archeologist Curtis Marean had a fireside chat about how modern humans replaced the Neanderthals. Check out this video to see how the scene was made.

Oct 21st, 2008 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Inside Alan Alda’s Brain

In Oregon, we peered with both an MRI and a brain wave monitor into Alan’s brain to find out how he employs it for language and tool use.

Aug 27th, 2008 | 10 comments
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