Searching for Answers: Mysteries of the Brain

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For more than a century, scientists have studied the brain, and yet there is still so much about it that remains a mystery. New research is underway to develop and use cutting-edge technologies, and scientists across disciplines are working together to better understand the brain and how it works. "Mysteries of the Brain" is produced by NBC Learn in partnership with the NSF.

Brain-Computer Interface: Mysteries of the Brain

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Neuroengineer Rajesh Rao of the University of Washington is developing brain-computer interfaces, devices that can monitor and extract brain activity to enable a machine or computer to accomplish tasks, from playing video games to controlling a prosthetic arm. "Mysteries of the Brain" is produced by NBC Learn in partnership with the NSF.

Perceiving Brain: Mysteries of the Brain

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Sabine Kastner, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at Princeton University, is studying how the brain determines what information is most important in everyday scenes. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, Kastner is able to peek inside the brain and see what areas are active when a person sees a face, place or object. "Mysteries of the Brain" is produced by NBC Learn in partnership with the NSF.

Building a Brain: Mysteries of the Brain

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Carlos Aizenman, a neuroscientist at Brown University, is studying the brains of tadpoles to understand how neural circuits develop and absorb information from the surrounding environment. "Mysteries of the Brain" is produced by NBC Learn in partnership with the NSF.

Brain States and Consciousness: Mysteries of the Brain

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Neurobiologist Orie Shafer at the University of Michigan is trying to understand how the brain's cells communicate in order to control sleep patterns. To help solve this mystery, Shafer is teaming up with mathematician Victoria Booth to study a tiny and very unlikely specimen: the fruit fly. "Mysteries of the Brain" is produced by NBC Learn in partnership with the NSF.

Thinking Brain: Mysteries of the Brain

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Through neural connections, called synapses, the brain can process and store enormous amounts of information. Neuroscientist Gary Lynch at the University of California, Irvine explains how this incredibly complex communication process allows animals to learn and remember. "Mysteries of the Brain" is produced by NBC Learn in partnership with the NSF.

A thought requires roughly a million different brain neurons

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Theoretical biophysicist William Bialek discusses how all of the parts in our brain work together to produce all of the simple and complex thoughts that humans have.

Whole number and spacial distribution of the POU4f family of transcription factors in the adult rat retina

Quantification, distribution and coexpresion of the tree members of POU4F transcription factors in retinal ganglion cells in albino and pigmented rat retinas.

Synaptic Land - The Movie

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The story of how two behavioral neuroscience graduate students from Oregon Health & Science University conceived and constructed the very first "Synaptic Land", a game that helps kids learn about processes involved in neurotransmission. Since its debut at the Oregon Kids Judge! Neuroscience Fair held at OMSI in 2002, undergraduate and graduate students at many other universities have created their own versions of the Synaptic Land game (e.g., PENN, University of Scranton, California...

Progress and Promise in Parkinson's

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Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nearly a million people in the U.S. No cure exists and current medications become less effective over time. This video provides a patient's perspective of living with Parkinson's and a scientist's efforts to better understand the disease using novel stem cell research strategies.