Interview Compilations

Learn about the working memory model and its history
Linking cognitive psychology and magic
How is language processed in the brain?
Cell-phones and driving - why does it increase risk?
How neurons can be rebuilt
How are working-memory capacity and attention related?
The neural basis for attention.
How to make decisions in an uncertain world
What are mirror neurons?
Brain plasticity - how a blind person recovered sight
Perceiving the world in more ways than one.
Long-term memory research in humans and other mammals.
Attention, Hemispatial Neglect, and Prosopagnosia
Diagnosis and intervention in mild cognitive impairments and dementia
What can we learn from modern neuroscience research in attention?
Finding a direct link to a patient's brain
Improving memory by improving learning strategies
How to perceive through manual exploration.
Our visual memory is not as good as we think...
How the brain make sense of the external world
Title Description Interviewee Producer Duration
Specific fMRI methods Functional magnetic resonance imaging represents one important tool in deciphering brain activity in active human participants. Besides the basic fMRI techniques of subtracting the measured brain's activation during a control task from the... Geoff Boynton goCognitive 00:12:14
Specific Memory Impairments in Dementia and MCI In this interview, Dr. Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe of Washington State University discusses different types of memory concepts - including semantic memory, episodic memory, prospective memory, source memory, and working memory and how these are... Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe goCognitive 00:16:59
Steady state evoked potentials Dr. Birbaumer describes the basic idea behind steady-state evoked potentials as a mechanism to measure an attended stimulus in a person. When attending a flickering visual stimulus, the measurable brain activity often follows the same frequency as... Niels Birbaumer goCognitive 00:01:27
Storage strength vs. retrieval strength According to the new theory of disuse, information that is learned will remain in memory forever. New learning of the material will increase its "storage strength". On the other hand, when information is not used it will become... Robert A. Bjork goCognitive 00:05:13
Studying bilingualism If a person speaks more than one language he or she is considered bilingual. The obvious question often asked is whether the brain areas involved in one language are identical to the brain areas involved in the other language. In general, fluent... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:05:12
Synesthesia and art Synesthesia can influence the choice of activities of those who have it. Dr. Ward shows how particular types of synesthesia can attract people to music and art and how their synesthesia might provide them with a richer experience. Jamie Ward goCognitive 00:02:35
Synesthesia and creativity Are synesthetes more creative? Dr. Jamie Ward discusses whether or not there is a correlation between creativity and synesthesia and the results of tests he administered to his synesthete subjects. Jamie Ward goCognitive 00:01:20
Synesthesia can aid in specific memory tasks Daniel Tammet used his synesthesia to help him memorize pi to 20,000 digits. However, it is an open question whether the average synesthete has a memory advantage over those who do not have synesthesia. Jamie Ward goCognitive 00:04:04
Take the best heuristic As part of their research on human decision making, Dr. Gigerenzer and his group try to find simple heuristics that can be shown to work well under realistic assumptions. The 'take-the-best' heuristic is an important example of how a... Gerd Gigerenzer goCognitive 00:05:21
Testing for synesthesia Dr. Jamie Ward explains how synesthesia can be tested for using different methods. One method focuses of the specificity of color associations and high test-retest reliability. Another test involves pattern perception where people with synesthesia... Jamie Ward goCognitive 00:03:18