Jabberwockey Blues

Jabberwockey Blues

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young [ Google Talk ] My life and my work has been an exploration of the territory of the human brain, how it makes us uniquely who we are. Because when we think about our brain, it filters our perceptions of ourselves and our understanding of ourselves, our understanding of other people, our understanding of the world, and our understanding of our

Neurogenesis

Neurogenesis

Sandrine Thuret [ King’s College London ] Can we, as adults, grow new neurons? There’s still some confusion about that question, as this is a fairly new field of research. For example, I was talking to one of my colleagues, Robert, who is an oncologist, and he was telling me, “Sandrine, this is puzzling. Some of my patients that have been told they

Bilingualism & Neuroplasticity

Bilingualism & Neuroplasticity

Ellen Bialystok [ University of Reading ] I’m going to be talking about my research that shows how a very ordinary experience — bilingualism — has the ability to change and improve cognitive function across the lifespan and even delay symptoms of dementia in older age. Thank you so much for this incredible honor. It’s tremendous to be here and I want to

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

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