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Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience

Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience
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24 episodes in this series

Episode 1 Is Your Brain Perfectly Designed?
Begin the course by debunking one of the most fundamental myths about the human brain. Along the way, discover how our brains are shaped by evolution and experience, which neurons…
Episode 2 Are Bigger Brains Smarter?
When it comes to brains, size doesn't matter as much as you think. Here, explore concepts including the Encephalization quotient (which compares brain mass to body mass), the "g" factor…
Episode 3 Is Mental Illness Just a Chemical Imbalance?
According to Dr. Viskontas, major psychiatric illnesses aren't just the result of chemical concentrations in the brain. The focus of this lecture is an intriguing exploration of two disorders that…
Episode 4 Are Creative People Right-Brained?
Think your brain is divided into a creative side and an analytical side? Think again. The two hemispheres of your brain are actually quite interconnected. Discover what neuroimaging has revealed…
Episode 5 How Different Are Male and Female Brains?
We're always hearing about studies that find significant differences the brains of men and women. How should we be thinking about gender differences in the brain? How are these differences…
Episode 6 How Accurate is Your Memory?
In this lecture that unpacks the accuracy of your memories, learn how information is encoded, stored, and retrieved in the brain; examine how Alzheimer's disease and amnesia affect the brain's…
Episode 7 Do You Only Use 10% of Your Brain?
Are you using your brain to its fullest potential? Here, clear up some of the mystery about how much of our brain power we're using. As you'll learn, you use…
Episode 8 Do You Perceive the World as It Really Is?
According to Dr. Viskontas, the biggest myth about our senses is that they reflect the world as it actually is. Using vision as an example, discover how your sensory system…
Episode 9 Is Your Brain Too Smart for Magic Tricks?
We've all been fooled by a magic trick at one point or another. But we rarely stop to think about how magicians are simply manipulating pre-existing shortcomings in our minds.…
Episode 10 Is Your Brain Objective?
Contrary to what you might believe, we don't weight evidence equally before building personal beliefs. Instead, we're beholden to confirmation bias. Is this a bug our brains could do without?…
Episode 11 Do You Have 5 Independent Senses?
Discover why your senses aren't as separate as you think - and why you actually have more than five. Topics in this lecture include proprioception (sensing where you are) and…
Episode 12 Can Certain Foods Make You Smarter?
In this lecture on "brain food," consider the scientific truths behind the food fads that make headlines; test out the myths associated with foods like fish oil, vitamins, power drinks,…
Episode 13 Can Brain Games Make You Smarter?
An increased focus among scientists on neuroplasticity (changes in the brain's biology) has led to a flurry of brain-training games and tools aimed at improving our cognitive skills. Here, probe…
Episode 14 Does Your Brain Shut Down during Sleep?
What, exactly, happens when you fall asleep? Why do our brains need sleep in order to function? What are some of the neurological dangers of not getting enough sleep? What…
Episode 15 Are Your Decisions Rational?
When we make decisions, we're actually swayed by things that any truly rational human being would ignore. Why do our brains work this way? Explore the "mental laziness" hardwired into…
Episode 16 Are You Always Conscious while Awake?
In this lecture, probe the eternal "problem" of consciousness - perhaps the most difficult topic in all of neuroscience. How have scientists tried to determine what consciousness is and how…
Episode 17 Are Other Animals Conscious?
Continue exploring consciousness with a consideration of its appearance in other animals. Scientific studies in animals ranging from primates to octopi have uncovered some illuminating insights into how animals can…
Episode 18 Can You Multitask Effectively?
Multitasking is a critical skill in today's world. But does it really work as well as you think? Dr. Viskontas lays bare the neurology of the multitasker and uses key…
Episode 19 Are Dreams Meaningful?
Consider some of the potential roots (and purposes) of dreams and how neuroscientists study them. While dreams continue to remain mysterious, some theories posit that dreams play a role in…
Episode 20 Can Brain Scans Read Your Mind?
Discover what neuroimaging can - and can't - tell us about how the human mind works. First, examine what brain scans are actually showing us. Then, consider three regions of…
Episode 21 Can Adult Brains Change for the Better?
Just because you're an adult doesn't mean you can't still learn and master new things. After considering how neuroplasticity works in a toddler's brain, explore how exercise and musical training…
Episode 22 Do Special Neurons Enable Social Life?
From mirror neurons to von Economo cells, learn the role that special neurons might play in human social behavior. Recent breakthroughs in neuroscience have expanded our understanding of how we…
Episode 23 Is Your Brain Unprejudiced?
You might not be racist, but your brain likely is. How did neuroscientists come to this startling conclusion? And what can we, as individuals, do about it? Find out in…
Episode 24 Does Technology Make You Stupid?
In this final lecture, ponder several prevalent myths about the relationship between technology and the brain. Among these: smartphones are killing our attention spans, social media is addictive (and leads…

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Costel

This is so boring! Can't watch it :)) The topic is interesting though :(