Deep Reading

Deep Reading

Nicholas Carr [ Attention Economy ] It doesn’t come as news that we’re living in an age where technology is producing profound changes in the ways we live and communicate, remember and socialise. One of the world’s most ground-breaking and thought-provoking writers on technology and its impacts, Nicholas Carr, talks to Gideon Haigh. The celebrated journalist and author of The Shallows presents his

Barbara Oakley

Barbara Oakley

Barbara Oakley [ Neurogenesis ] I’d like to begin by telling you a little story. This story is about– well, I think all of us love to watch other people, right? To some greater or lesser extent.  I love people watching. I have to tell you about this one guy who was one of the most interesting people I’ve ever watched. This was

Russell Foster

Russell Foster

Russell Foster [ Sleep Engineering ]  What I’d like to do today is talk about one of my favorite subjects, and that is the neuroscience of sleep. Now, there is a sound — (Alarm clock) Ah, it worked! A sound that is desperately familiar to most of us, and of course it’s the sound of the alarm clock. And what that truly ghastly,

How To Grow Your Brain

How To Grow Your Brain

Sal Khan [ Neurogenesis ] We know that our brain is what makes us us. It’s what does all of our thinking. It’s what processes all of the sensory input from the outside world and creates this reality in our brain that we experience. It is us. The question is: what is the brain actually made up of? It’s primarily made up of

Forgetting Forgetting

Forgetting Forgetting

Henry Roediger [ Neurogenesis ] points out that Psychologists have been studying learning and memory with experimental methods for roughly 130 years — since Hermann Ebbinghaus compiled his Curve of Forgetting experiments. What changes have been translated from Basic Research into widespread educational applications? What difference has all this research made for the average 4th grader? None. Nothing at all has changed in

Brain Anatomy 101

Brain Anatomy 101

Dr. John Campbell [ Neurogenesis ] Basically the brain is in three areas. The brain stem, the cerebellum and the cerebrum. The brain stem controls autonomic functions such as blood pressure, cardiac activity and respiration. The cerebellum controls automatic learned functions such as writing, walking and riding a bike. The cerebrum is the upper part of the brain and makes up the cerebral

Working Memory

Working Memory

Peter Doolittle [ Neurogenesis ] So yesterday, I was out in the street in front of this building, and I was walking down the sidewalk, and I had company, several of us, and we were all abiding by the rules of walking down sidewalks. We’re not talking each other. We’re facing forward. We’re moving. When the person in front of me slows down.