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Understanding the Brain (03:01)


Philip Zimbardo explains the early history of studying the brain through injury. He discusses tools that measure brain function.

Primary Vision Cortex (03:44)

Approximately 40% of our brain is devoted to vision. David Heeger studies specialized functions in the visual center of the brain. Zimbardo distinguishes the parietal cortex and the temporal lobe.

Face Recognition (02:34)

Nancy Kanwisher studies a portion of the temporal lobe that recognizes the human face. For humans, decoding faces was essential for survival.

Mental Imagery (03:22)

Many of the brain areas used for vision are the same as those used while imagining. Stephen Kosslyn investigates the relationship between these two visual systems.

Brain Plasticity in Reading (02:22)

John Gabrieli measures brain activity of subjects while reading texts presented backwards. Learn what happens to the brain when this task is mastered.

Phonemic Awareness (03:23)

Paula Tallal exemplifies dyslexia through a word game. Phonemes pose a challenge for dyslexic people. Computer games teach kids the skill of decoding phonemes.

Implicit Attitudes Test (IAT) (03:07)

Mahzarin Banaji studies where prejudice lies hidden in the brain. Biased attitudes can be an automatic part of behavior. The IAT reveals expected and unexpected results.

Emotional Learning (02:46)

When something is learned in the environment, fearful or negative, the amygdala becomes involved. Banaji concludes that culture influences experience at every level.

Credits: Cognitive Neuroscience—Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition (00:31)

Credits: Cognitive Neuroscience—Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition

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Cognitive neuroscience represents the attempt to understand mental processes at the level of the brain's functioning and not merely from information-processing models and theories. It relies heavily on an empirical analysis of what is happening in the brain, and where, when a person thinks, reasons, decides, judges, encodes information, recalls information, learns, and solves problems. Cognitive neuroscience allies psychologists, biologists, brain researchers, and others in what is perhaps the most dramatic advance in the last decade of psychological research. With Dr. John Gabrieli of Stanford University and Dr. Stephen Kosslyn of Harvard University. New.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: FMK113418

Copyright date: ©2001

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