Meet Your Brain

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Science Documentary hosted by Bruce Hood, published by BBC broadcasted as part of BBC Royal Institution Christmas Lectures series in 2011 - English narration

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Professor Bruce Hood delivers the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2011 - 'Meet Your Brain'.

Inside each and every one of us it the most marvellous structure in the known universe - the human brain. Our brain makes us who we are and yet the way it works has been a mystery for much of human civilization. We all know that we think but not how we think. Deep inside every brain is a vast hidden world of complexity that defies description. Yet science has made important discoveries in recent years that begin to uncover the workings of this remarkable organ.

[edit] What's in Your Head?

What's inside your head? Your brain may look like a big walnut, but it has the ability to create an almost unlimited stream of images, thoughts, memories and dreams. Undoubtedly the most complex material in the universe, and yet it's just a collection of simple cells. Join us as we get under your skull and take a peek inside. What do brainwaves look like? How fast is a neuron? Why does your brain create its own version of reality? Bruce will use technology to measure brain activity and follow eye movement, build a virtual brain out of audience volunteers and play some guessing games with your mind. In the process, he'll show how everything you perceive is just an interpretation of the nerve impulses that your brain receives - which isn't really that much. Ultimately, we are all experts at filling in the blanks.

[edit] Who's in Charge Here?

Who's in control - you or your brain? Your conscious thoughts are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the activity going on inside your head. Every minute your brain is bombarded with information - sights, sounds, smells, feelings - and you are aware of only a tiny fraction of it. How does your brain decide what to trust and what to ignore, all without you even knowing? What sneaky shortcuts does it take to speed up your mental ability? Why is multi-tasking so dangerous? Using some surprising illusions and lots of audience participation, Bruce will make you say the wrong thing and fail to see what's right in front of you. Can you really believe your eyes? Possibly not!

[edit] Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking?

Have you ever seen a face in a piece of burnt toast? Why are our brains so obsessed with people-patterns? It's not just other humans either, your brain likes to give a personality to anything that shows a hint of character; whether it's your teddy bear, your pet fish or even your car. Yet there are elements of being human that prove virtually impossible to recreate artificially. Can a robot ever fall in love? With sensors to measure our response to some revealing live demonstrations, Bruce looks at what makes the human brain so special and how it is built to read other people's minds. Why do you feel pain when somebody else gets hurt? What attracts you to another person? Are your eyes a window to your soul? Join us to discover what makes you truly human.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 22 (1270Kbps average)
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.778:1
  • Video Resolution: 832x468
  • Audio Codec: HE-AAC
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 Kbps ABR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 59 mins
  • Framerate: 25FPS
  • Number of Parts: 3
  • Part Size: 590 MB
  • Source: PDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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