Brain Science (02:23)
Dara O'Briain tells a story about a man who survived firing a nail gun into his skull and introduces panel experts.
Brain Research (01:40)
A panelist explains how MRI technology has advanced the study of mental function.
History of Brain Study (03:28)
Learn how scientific knowledge of the mind evolved from ancient Greece to the 20th century through head injuries, observation, and experiments.
Brain Function (02:02)
A panelist demonstrates how the brain works using a model. The cerebellum is the "computer."
Mobile Telephone Innovations (06:24)
Panelists discuss consequences of outsourcing brain functions with computer engineering. Mark Miodownik takes apart a Smartphone to learn how it allows constant information access and replaces memory.
Sensory Control Test (03:47)
An audience member demonstrates how we can fool our brains into feeling a phantom limb.
Remote Controlled Limbs (03:23)
Learn how scientists isolated brain signals dictating movement and developed a robotic device allowing a quadriplegic patient to grasp objects.
Mind Control Research (04:48)
Scientists have found that thinking and speaking words are controlled by different language areas. Patients with brain implanted electrodes can control a computer using their thoughts—suggesting future remote control possibilities.
Suppressing Memory (06:47)
Actor Jessica Hynes participates in a test memorizing word pairs and then actively blocking associated words. An MRI scan shows parts of her brain involved in "forgetting;" her success rate could be related to her profession.
Brain EQ (01:58)
Learn the brain's biological make up and percentage used for thought process. Weight compared to brain size determines intellectual capacity.
Brain Composition (04:15)
Learn how the brain's design increases neural conductivity. Mark Miodownik pulverizes a calf's brain to separate fats and proteins.
Smart Drugs (04:55)
Originally developed to treat brain disorders, cognitive medicines are widely used in the academic world. Learn how this poses an ethical dilemma.
Enhancing Brain Activity (03:29)
Panelists debate the ethics of taking smart drugs. O'Briain thanks guests and concludes the show.
Credits: Brain: Dara O'Briain's Science Club (Series 1) (00:35)
Credits: Brain: Dara O'Briain's Science Club (Series 1)
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