Sunday, 5 September 2010

Charlie Rose: The Brain Series

I'd like to draw your attention to some interesting programmes about the brain. Last week I caught a short part of the Charlie Rose show on Bloomberg. A group of top people in their fields were sat around the table discussing the brain and anxiety. A few clicks on the computer and I discovered that the show was one of a series of programmes being made by Charlie Rose on various topics about the brain. They are being transmitted one a month and the previous programmes are available to view at Each programme is an hour long. Click on the image to play (took me a while to work that out!).

Here is the blurb about the series from the website:
The Charlie Rose Brain Series explores one of sciences final frontiers, the study of the human brain.
Over the next year Charlie will interview the most knowledgeable scientists and researchers in hopes of illuminating a new topic of study. Each monthly episode will examine different subjects of the brain, including perception, social interaction, aging and creativity.
We will also look at scientific discovery and advances in technology, in the hope that someday terrible illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s will be history.
Our special colleague on this journey is Dr. Eric Kandel.
He is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist and professor at Columbia University. He’s also affiliated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

He received the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 2000 for his research into the biological mechanisms of learning and memory.
Last night I watched the first programme "The Great Mysteries of the Human Brain: consciousness, free will, perception, cognition, emotion and memory" which introduced the series. I am looking forward to watching some of the other programmes in the series over the coming weeks. You can cherry pick - it is not necessary to watch the programmes sequentially - although it may be useful to watch the first programme if you are not familiar with the basic biology of the brain and nerve cells.