Infectious Disease

The brain remains active while we are awake, sleeping, focused, or daydreaming. 2011 Brain Awareness Video Contest submitters hypothesize about what the brain could be doing during these periods.
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  • 2 min
A classic film noir about love, addiction, and dopamine. Learn how drugs affect the brain in a dramatic black and white tale.
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  • 5 min
Learning how the brain acquires and recalls information is more fun when costumes are involved. Watch for the giant sea hare, an animal famous for its role in scientists’ discovery of learning and memory.
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  • 3 min
Individual synapses grow stronger with use over time. Two graduate students use claymation to show how.
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  • 3 min
The story of a child's quest to understand his grandfather's lost words. The winning entry for the 2011 Brain Awareness Video Contest.
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Neurons transmit signs to your brain every millisecond of every day, and facilitate almost everything you do. But what happens when this critical process goes wrong?
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Ed Boyden shows how he can selectively activate or de-activate specific neurons with fiber-optic implants.
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  • 19 min
Humans have always struggled with addictions to mind-altering substances. Yet, only in the past few decades have neuroscientists begun to understand precisely how these substances affect the brain.
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Despite numerous advances, the global prognosis for stroke is dire. But with continued funding, researchers will be able to discover ways to protect the brain from strokes and repair the brain afterward.
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In stroke, a blocked or burst blood vessel disrupts the brain’s supply of nutrients and oxygen, damaging or destroying brain cells. The results can be highly variable — from near-instantaneous death to full recovery.
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Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic, incurable, and often crippling autoimmune disease. Symptoms can come and go, but in many people, it eventually destroys the ability to walk, talk, or even see.
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Despite numerous advances in the testing and treatment of multiple sclerosis, the disease still has no cure. Fortunately, scientists are discovering ways to stop or reverse the course of the disease.
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