Human skull and brain size compared to a chimpanzee's skull and brain size.
Studying brain evolution sheds light on the unique features of the human brain.
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Neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert starts from a surprising premise: the brain evolved, not to think or feel, but to control movement.
  • TED
  • 20 min
Neuroscientists have long understood that the cerebellum is important for controlling bodily movements, by making them more fluid and coordinated, but researchers have also long appreciated that cerebellum does much more.
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Researchers discover that even non-flying dinosaurs had brains with the motor and visual capabilities necessary to take wing.
  • Science Friday
  • 9 min
Why do we get motion sickness? Learn what this condition has to do with the brain and your senses in this video.
  • TED
Humans possess cognitive abilities very different from other creatures, thanks to a number of unusual features of our brains.
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Stories about evolution are compelling because they fit with our very human need for a linear narrative, but evolution possesses distinctive non-linearities driven by its agent, natural selection.
Somewhere between single-celled organisms and human beings, brains evolved. Just why and how is still shrouded in mystery.
What can the cuttlefish’s remarkable camouflage abilities teach us about vision?
  • Science Friday
  • 4 min
Animals have evolved visual systems that are uniquely suited to their survival needs. See how human vision stacks up to the visual systems of other animals.
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  • 3 min
Researchers are studying what happens in the brains of people and other animals when laughing to gain deeper insight into human behavior and its evolution.
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  • 1 min
The human brain is the crowning achievement of evolution. But what makes it so special?
  • The Dana Foundation
The primate retina passes information about rapid movement to the brain.
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3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.