Monday, May 28, 2007

Neuroscience Videos - Pacman Bonobos and Boxing Brains

Everybody is interested in the brain, because everybody has one.

Recently, I stumbled over two both interesting and entertaining videos from the realm of understandable neuroscience:

--Steven brought this 25 minute TED talk by Susan Savage-Rumbaugh to my attention. Of course the filming is very selective, choosing the brighter moments of her Bonobo cohort, but I consider it a fascinating approach to try to embed non-human primates into--appropriate--human environments and to see how far their abilities go.

--This violent National Geographic animation gives an explanation for the legendary one-punch knockout with reference to cerebral trauma. Remark the dramatic voice and the scary burping sound effects when the brain hits the skull. Mortal Kombat neurology.

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