Interviews

Title Description Interviewee Producer Duration
Anatomy of Mirror System Pathways One of Dr. Rizzolatti's research goals as a neurophysiologist is to understand the anatomical pathways of the mirror mechanism. By using fMRI and tracers he is trying to find the brain centers involved in mirror neuron activity and to determine... Giacomo Rizzolatti goCognitive 00:01:11
Broca's and Wernicke's areas revisited Broca's and Wernicke's areas both represent an important historic step in cognitive neuroscience - demonstrating the localization of function in the human brain. However, over the last century and a half, the interpretation of the... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:05:04
Event related brain potentials Event related potentials (ERPs) are based on the measurement of brain responses created by specific activation within the brain as a response to an external or internal event. Dr. Niels Birbaumer explains that today's brain-computer interfaces... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:02:41
Historic roots of BCI The roots of non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI) research lie in work done in the field of neurofeedback. Most of the clinical BCI studies with human patients use biofeedback based on EEG oscillations or event-related brain potentials.... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:05:26
Location of the episodic buffer Where is the episodic buffer located within the anatomy of the brain? Baddeley's initial hunch was to located it in the hippocampus - but recent studies with an amnestic indiviual with severe hippocampal damage has shown that tasks requiring... Alan Baddeley goCognitive 00:02:09
Movement restoration after stroke Stroke patients often lose the ability to control parts of their body. Dr. Birbaumer discusses how science and technology have been working together to help such patients regain control of their limbs. His research with brain-computer interfaces (... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:08:02
Quality of life for locked in patients It is usually assumed that the quality of life in locked-in patients must be miserable. Surprisingly, surveys conducted with locked-in patients show a different picture even though these patients can no longer enjoy normal activities. Dr. Birbaumer... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:03:13
Short-term memory and attention In this third and final video segment, Dr. Edward Awh from the University of Oregon explains his view of the interrelationship between Attention and working memory. He proposes that attention is one of the central mechanisms underlying working... Edward Awh goCognitive 00:16:03
Sight Recovery - returning vision after 40 years of blindness Dr. Fine from the University of Washington talks about her interactions with her patient MM who recovered at age 43 from 40 years of blindness. His example is an illustration of the complexity of neural processing - and the opportunities... Ione Fine goCognitive 00:17:06
The neural basis of short-term memory In this second video interview segment, Dr. Edward Awh from the University of Oregon explains our current understanding of the neural basis of working memory. He lists some of the central brain regions implicated in working memory tasks and the role... Edward Awh goCognitive 00:15:17

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