Thinking & Awareness

Abstract painting of a woman meditating on a mountain
Neuroscientists are exploring the source of the brain benefits behind habitual meditative practices.
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Your selections: Thinking and Awareness
Daniel Levitin, professor of neuroscience at McGill University, describes the way that learning a musical instrument alters and strengthens key areas of the brain.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 22 min
In this video NPR tackles the questions why do we play, and are we the only ones who play?
  • NPR
Anesthesia now allows tens of thousands patients every day to avoid the pain and memories of their procedures. But how does anesthesia work?
  • American Chemical Society
  • 3 min
Face recognition is a remarkably complex process. And for some people, telling faces apart is an almost impossible task.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 8 min
The scientist describes her work examining cognition and dementia in Parkinson's disease.
  • People Behind the Science
  • 34 min
Fainting is the sudden and temporary loss of consciousness, and consciousness arises from neural activity in the cerebral cortex. Anything that disrupts neural activity in the cerebral cortex can cause loss of consciousness.
How could the color of a dress be open to interpretation? Learn more about the neuroscience behind the internet phenomenon in the third-place video from the 2016 Brain Awareness Video Contest.
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Learn about the neuroscience behind synesthesia in this video which won first place in the 2016 Brain Awareness Video Contest.
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  • 5 min
Americans 65 and older undergo nearly 20 million surgeries each year, which frequently improve and sometimes save their lives. But the brain doesn’t always fare so well.
  • The Dana Foundation
Michael Buice from the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, explains how our brains construct the visual world that surrounds us.
  • Allen Institute
The wheels in your brain are constantly turning, even when you're asleep or not paying attention.
  • TED
  • 5 min
What may seem like whimsical creations are actually important for some children’s cognitive growth.
  • Science Friday
  • 8 min

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