News and Events / BCS Video Archive

April 30, 2013

A Day with MIT's Brains on Brains [more]

October 14, 2011

Professor David Hubel and Professor Torsten Wiesel [more]

May 25, 2011

A conversation with Molly Potter [more]

May 3-5, 2011

Brains, Minds and Machines Symposium [more]

April 25, 2011

An afternoon with MIT's Brains on Brains [more]

March 28, 2011

A squeeze, a squeak, a glimpse of learning: From Studies find clues to babies' minds. [more]

March 21, 2011

From WBUR/ NPR: Listen to Guoping Feng discuss his new study that creates Autisic-like behavior in mice. [more]

January, 2011

Watch Institute Professor and BCS alumna Ann Graybiel discuss her career and achievements at MIT. [more]

November 15, 2010

Watch Pawan Sinha discuss "Acquiring visual function after delayed sight onset". [more]

November 9, 2010

Watch Rebecca Saxe discuss "How the brain thinks about the mind: a case study in the neural basis of abstract cognition". [more]

October 25, 2010

Watch Josh Tenenbaum discuss "How to grow a mind: statistics, structure and abstraction". [more]

October 2, 2010

From The Science Network: Watch Laura Schulz discuss her reseach which is focused on the learning mechanisms that build the infrastructure of human cognition in children and babies. [more]

August 30, 2010

Listen to Sue Corkin on the BBC's Heath Watch talk about HM: A man known as HM provided the key to one of the mysteries of the human brain. Having lost his own memory through surgery for epilepsy, HM revealed how new memories are formed. Without a few unusual people, human behaviour would have remained a mystery - ordinary people whose extraordinary circumstances provided researchers with the exceptions that proved behavioural rules. (audio only) [more]

July, 2010

Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome: TED Talks- Sebastian Seung is mapping a massively ambitious new model of the brain that focuses on the connections between each neuron. He calls it our "connectome," and it's as individual as our genome -- and understanding it could open a new way to understand our brains and our minds. [more]

April 27, 2010

Nancy Kanwisher: Face Perception: Nancy Kanwisher uses brain imaging and behavioral tests to study how different regions of the brain contribute to our perception of the visual world. In this talk, Nancy shares what her lab has discovered about how the adult brain perceives faces. [more]

April 27, 2010

Daniel Dilks: Scanning the Developing Child's Brain: At the Martinos Imaging Center, our researchers have the unique ability to explore the developing child's brain. In this talk, Daniel Dilks--a post-doc in the Kanwisher lab--describes the challenges involved with scanning children, how his team has learned to overcome these challenges, and what his team has learned so far about the developing child's brain. [more]

April 27, 2010

Rebecca Saxe: Theory of Mind : Rebecca Saxe studies how we think about other people's thoughts. In this talk, Rebecca outlines preliminary findings about face processing and the development of a Theory of Mind in young children. [more]

April 12, 2010

What are dreams?: From NOVA: Psychologists and brain scientists including Matt Wilson have new answers to an age-old question. [more]

Spring, 2010

Motor Skills: From the McGovern Institute for Brain Research:Institute Professor Emilio Bizzi examines how the brain translates our general intentions into the detailed commands needed to control muscle movements. [more]

Spring, 2010

Learning About Learning: From the McGovern Institute for Brain Research: John Gabrieli uses brain imaging and behavioral tests to understand the organization of memory, thought, and emotion in the human brain. [more]

Spring, 2010

Brain Imaging: From the McGovern Institute for Brain Research: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has revolutionized our understanding of the human brain, but the method is now approaching the limit of its capabilities. Alan Jasanoff hopes to break through this limit and to develop new technologies for imaging the molecular and cellular phenomena that underlie brain function. [more]

Spring, 2010

Alan Jasanoff: From the McGovern Institute for Brain Research: Alan Jasanoff discusses his research in developing new technologies for imaging the molecular and cellular phenomena that underlie brain function. [more]

Spring, 2010

Guiding Behavior: From the McGovern Institute for Brain Research: Institute Professor Ann Graybiel studies the basal ganglia, forebrain structures that are important for normal brain function. Her work is uncovering neural deficits related to disorders as well as the role the basal ganglia plays in guiding normal behavior. [more]

Spring, 2010

Learning from Experience: From the McGovern Institute for Brain Research: Tomaso Poggio develops computational models of brain function in order to understand human intelligence and to build intelligent machines that can mimic human performance. [more]

Spring, 2010

The McGovern Institute: From the McGovern Institute for Brain Research: The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT is led by a team of world-renowned neuroscientists committed to meeting two great challenges of modern science: understanding how the brain works and discovering new ways to prevent and treat brain disorders. [more]

February 24, 2010

Simply Science Episode 9: Gene Therapy Could Change Minds : In today's episode, Dr. Ki Goosens of MIT tells Adam about the use of gene therapy to treat lifelong or debilitating conditions. Though typically considered for the treatment of cancerous cells, researchers are now proposing the use of gene therapy for debilitating brain-related disorders, such as severe post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia. As with traditional gene therapy, these new applications proposed for the brain follow the same fundamental premise: scientists use an engineered virus — one that encloses a segment of DNA containing a beneficial gene — to infect cells with genes that have the potential to change an unhealthy cell into a healthy one. Join Adam as he learns about the process of and potential for gene therapy to cure conditions with a neurochemical basis. [more]

January 26, 2010

Ed Boyden: National Science Foundation interview : From NSF: The National Science Foundation interviewed Ed Boyden about his study published in the January 7 2010 issue of Nature. Results: Boyden's team developed a powerful new class of tools to reversibly shut down brain activity using different colors of light. When targeted to specific neurons, these tools could potentially lead to new treatments for the abnormal brain activity associated with disorders such as chronic pain, epilepsy, brain injury, and Parkinson’s disease. [more]

November 24, 2009

Charlie Rose: The Perceiving Brain - Sight and Visual Perception: The second episode of the Charlie Rose Brain Series, sponsored by the Simons Foundation. The topic is the Perceiving Brain: Sight and Visual Perception. With co-host Eric Kandel of Columbia University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Tony Movshon of New York University, Pawan Sinha of MIT, Nancy Kanwisher of MIT, and Ted Adelson of MIT. The program premiered on 24 November 2009. For local listings visit the Charlie Rose website: Copyright © 2009 Charlie Rose LLC. [more]

November, 2009

Pawan Sinha on how brains learn to see: TED Talks-Pawan Sinha details his groundbreaking research into how the brain's visual system develops. Sinha and his team provide free vision-restoring treatment to children born blind, and then study how their brains learn to interpret visual data. The work offers insights into neuroscience, engineering and even autism. [more]

July, 2009

Rebecca Saxe: How we read each other's minds: TED Talks-Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Here, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples' thoughts -- and judges their actions. [more]

June 6, 2009

How the Brain Invents the Mind with Opening Remarks: Rebecca Saxe outlines her research investigating the neural basis for a Theory of Mind -- how the human mind seems geared to “glean what others are thinking and feeling.” From her work with children and adults, Saxe has determined that there’s a very specific region of the brain -- the right temporal-parietal junction -- dedicated to thinking about how others think. This video includes Opening Remarks from MIT President and Neuroscientist, Susan Hockfield. [more]

June 6, 2009

Opening the Mind's Eye- Learning to See: It’s rare to find research that simultaneously advances basic science and brings good into people’s lives, but Pawan Sinha’s Project Prakash does precisely that. An investigator of human visual processing, Sinha is interested in how these brain mechanisms develop. For his work, Sinha realized the ideal subjects would be individuals who developed sight after blindness. Since he could not ethically create such an experimental population, he had to “rely on natural experiments” -- children born blind, but who recovered their vision. [more]

May 4, 2009

Overview of Brain Disorders and Introduction to "Brains on Brains": In their symposium introduction, Susan Hockfield and Mriganka Sur place MIT at the forefront of a revolution in neuroscience. [more]

May 4, 2009

The Autistic Neuron: This self-described "basic neuroscientist" confesses he never thought he'd give a talk on autism, but as Mark Bear recounts, decades of research in the basics are now paying off with important insights into the etiology and treatment of brain disorders, including autism. [more]

May 4, 2009

Alzheimer's Disease: Current State and Hope for the Future: Measured in human suffering, and by statistics, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) presents a formidable specter: with incidence approaching 30 million worldwide and growing rapidly, it is now the sixth leading cause of death in the US. As life expectancy lengthens, AD is anticipated to triple in prevalence over the next few decades. The disease is found in nearly 50% of people age 85 and older. Triply higher medical costs are incurred by seniors with AD. These daunting facts give urgency and weight to molecular neuroscientist Li-Huei Tsai’s research. [more]

June 7, 2008

Neuroeconomics: A pioneer in a “dangerously hot research area,” Drazen Prelec peers into the human brain while it makes decisions. In his corner of the new field of neuroeconomics, Prelec uses a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine to scan minds pondering the pros and cons of purchasing and selling products like Godiva chocolate and flash drives. [more]

October 19, 2007

Explorations in Language Learnability Using Probabilistic Grammars and Child-directed Speech: How do kids manage to figure out that the word “dog” applies to a whole category of animals, not just one creature? Joshua Tenenbaum wants to understand how children and adults manage to solve such classic problems of induction. [more]

July 7 , 2007

Signal Processing Algorithms to Decipher Brain Function: Emery Brown discussing how signal processing algorithms can be used to decipher brain functions or in other words how he reads a rat's mind. [more]

April 26, 2006

The Brain Basis of Human Vision: Nancy Kanwisher's breakthrough scanning research reveals "a teeny part of an answer to the big question of what kinds of brains we have," she says. Her work depends on functional MRI, a way of imaging people's brains that detects areas of high neural activity. Kanwisher focuses on vision, to which almost 1/2 of the human cortex is dedicated. [more]

November 14 , 2004

Neuroethics: Philosophers have long sought to answer questions about who we are, where we come from and where we’re going. Stephan Chorover frets that a widening circle of contemporary scientists embrace Sigmund Freud’s approach to these questions, which is to say, “Biology is destiny.” Neuroscientists are promoting an even narrower dogma, says Chorover, where “everything we are trying to understand can be understood in terms of underlying brain mechanisms, neurons and molecules. Mriganka Sur asks Chorover to go easy on neuroscience, pointing out that the discipline does take into account contingency and uncertainty, studying the impact of internal and external states on the complex system of the brain. [more]

June 12, 2003

The Brain and Mind: From the moment of conception, a developing animal begins to grow cortical pathways and networks that will eventually allow it to respond to the world outside. These increasingly sophisticated networks—for hearing, vision, touch—provide feedback to the evolving brain. For humans, at least half the brain is devoted directly or indirectly to processing vision, says Sur. Yet there is a single model for understanding how vision works: orientation selectivity. [more]

June 12, 2003

The Changing Brain: How do our right and left eyes take in two separate streams of visual information and end up with a single view of the world? This question has come under intense scrutiny from neuroscientists for decades, and Mark Bear brings us up to date in his lecture. [more]

June 12, 2003

Neurobiology of Memory: How Do We Acquire, Consolidate and Recall Memory: In labs around the world, mice learn to navigate complex mazes, locate chocolaty rewards, and after an interval, run the mazes again with maximum efficiency, swiftly collecting all the sweets. But in Susumu Tonegawa’s lab, the mutant mice he has created cannot perform these tasks. Tonegawa “ knocks out” a gene that impairs a specific part of the mouse hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for spatial memory, among other things. [more]

June 12, 2003

Vision: Challenges and Prospects: In a fraction of a second, most of us can recognize a face in a crowd, or make out a face from a blurry image. Pawan Sinha focuses on our uncanny ability to recognize faces as a way of getting at one of the key problems of neuroscience: how our brains represent and then encode objects. [more]

June 12, 2003

Cognitive Control: Understanding the Brain's Executive: We often take it for granted that we know the difference between a cat and a dog. Where and how do we store the visual information that categorizes “catness” in our minds, so that the next time we see a cat, we know that it is not a dog? Earl Miller has studied this process of categorization with monkeys to better understand the human brain’s processes. Miller’s research is focused on the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for higher level intellectual or “executive activities”. [more]

June 12, 2003

Architecture of the Brain: In this lecture Elly Nedivi provides an overview on the basics of brain anatomy, working her way up the spinal column to the deepest recesses of the cerebral cortex. [more]