Jan 212010
 
Lecture 7 – Deafness: Emerging Strategies for a Cure (Stefan Heller)

Stefan Heller is trying to create inexpensive ear drops that can cure deafness.

In this short talk, Heller describes how his team of researchers at Stanford University is transplanting stem cells into the ear to "regenerate" damaged hearing cells.

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Jan 192010
 
Lecture 6 – Visualizing Desire (Brian Knutson)

Stanford University’s Brian Knutson is unraveling the mysteries of human desire with state-of-the-art medical imaging.

Knutson’s research sheds new light on how individuals make complex financial decisions, and offers new ways for alleviating schizophrenia.

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Jan 172010
 
Lecture 5 – Googling the Brain on a Chip (Kwabena Boahen)

Kwabena Boahen is using the human brain as the blueprint for designing radically more powerful and energy-efficient computers.

In this short demo, Boahen describes how his Brains in Silicon lab at Stanford University has created computer chips with "synapses" and "neurons" — and how these chips might revolutionize computing.

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Jan 152010
 
Lecture 4 – Controlling the Brain with Light (Karl Deisseroth)

Karl Deisseroth is pioneering bold new treatments for depression and other psychiatric diseases. By sending pulses of light into the brain, Deisseroth can control neural activity with remarkable precision.

In this short talk, Deisseroth gives an thoughtful and awe-inspiring overview of his Stanford University lab’s groundbreaking research in "optogenetics".

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Jan 132010
 
Lecture 3 – Brain-Computer Interfaces

Krishna Shenoy is creating "brain-computer interfaces" that will enable paralyzed patients to control prosthetic arms and computer cursors.

In this short talk, Shenoy describes how his team of Stanford researchers has built a system that achieves typing at 15 words-per-minute, just by "thinking about it".

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Jan 112010
 
Lecture 2 – Understanding Blindness and the Brain (Brian Wandell)

Professor Brian Wandell tells the inspirational story of Mike May, the world-record holder for blind downhill skiing.

Wandell leads a multidisciplinary team of Stanford researchers who are working together to treat the many dimensions of blindness: retinal imaging, neural connections, and social psychology.

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Jan 092010
 
Lecture 1 – Building a Circuit-Diagram for the Brain (Jennifer Raymond)

Jennifer Raymond (Stanford University) is building a "wiring diagram" for the brain. By bridging the gap between individual synapses and whole-brain learning & memory, Raymond’s research offers new insights and strategies for medical rehabilitation and K-12 education.

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Dec 232009
 
Lecture 10 – Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Evolution and Rationality

This lecture introduces students to the study of psychology from an evolutionary perspective, the idea that like the body, natural selection has shaped the development of the human mind.

Prominent arguments for and against the theory of natural selection and its relationship to human psychology are reviewed.

Students will hear several examples of how studying mental phenomenon from an evolutionary perspective can help constrain theories in psychology as well as explain many prevalent human instincts that underlie many of our most basic behaviors and decisions.

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Dec 192009
 
  • Lecture 7 – Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past: Language (cont.); Vision and Memory

    This lecture finishes the discussion of language by briefly reviewing two additional topics: communication systems in non-human primates and other animals, and the relationship between language and thought.

  • The majority of this lecture is then spent on introducing students to major theories and discoveries in the fields of perception, attention and memory. Topics include why we see certain visual illusions, why we don’t always see everything we think we see, and the relationship between different types of memory.

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  • Lecture 8 – Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past: Vision and Memory (cont.)

    In this lecture, Professor Bloom reviews the basic psychological research on memory.

  • Specific topics covered include the different memory types, memory limitations, strategies that improve memory, and memory disorders.

  • This lecture also includes a discussion of several important social implications for memory research, such as recovered memories, and the influence of suggestibility on eyewitness testimony.

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  • Dec 172009
     

    Lecture: Yale: Paul Bloom: The Development of Thought

    Lecture 5 – What Is It Like to Be a Baby: The Development of Thought

    This lecture explores issues and ideas related to the branch of psychology known as cognitive development.

    It begins with an introduction of Piaget who, interested in the emergence of knowledge in general, studied children and the way they learn about the world in order to formulate his theories of cognitive development.

    This is followed by an introduction to the modern science of infant cognition.

    Finally, the question of the relationship between and the existence of different kinds of development is addressed.

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    Lecture 5 – What Is It Like to Be a Baby: The Development of Thought

    This lecture explores issues and ideas related to the branch of psychology known as cognitive development. It begins with an introduction of Piaget who, interested in the emergence of knowledge in general, studied children and the way they learn about the world in order to formulate his theories of cognitive development. This is followed by an introduction to the modern science of infant cognition. Finally, the question of the relationship between and the existence of different kinds of development is addressed.

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    Dec 112009
     
    Lecture 2 – Foundations: This is Your Brain

    This lecture introduces students to two broad theories of how the mind relates to the body.

    Dualism is the ubiquitous and intuitive feeling that our conscious mind is separate from our physical bodies, whereas

    Materialism is the idea that all of our mental states are caused by physical states of the brain.

    This lecture reviews arguments explaining why materialism has become the predominant theory of mind in psychology.

    This discussion is followed by a basic overview of the neurophysiology of the brain.

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    Dec 012009
     

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