Seven Secrets

Seven Secrets

Sandra Bond Chapman [ University of Texas, Dallas ] Growing up I wanted to be an astronaut more than anything and then I met Brian. Brian was 11 years old. He was labeled “Severely Mentally Impaired with Autism.” He couldn’t speak or understand spoken language. One day I was struggling with my tape recorder that wouldn’t work, and I’d taken it everywhere to

Russell Foster

Russell Foster

Russell Foster [ TED Edinburgh ]  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,

Mind Change

Mind Change

Susan Greenfield [ TEDxOxford ] I think it’s fantastic that on a Sunday morning in the rain we’re all here to talk about how to make society better and to look at all the challenges that we’re facing. The one I want to talk about, as you’ve heard — and there’s the clue right there, is the impact of technology on how, not

Forgetting Forgetting

Forgetting Forgetting

Henry Roediger [ Washington University ] 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

Brain Anatomy 101

Brain Anatomy 101

Dr. John Campbell — 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 hemispheres. The

Working Memory

Working Memory

Peter Doolittle [ TED ] 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.