Videos (not included in the text)
A video demonstrates the wearable brain scanner described in Chapter 4 of Updates by Chapter.

Jake was diagnosed with autism at the age of two; at age 13 he was a sophomore in college and a science and math prodigy. He gives credit to his autism.

Adam Gazzaley describes his research using video games to improve cognitive functioning and to treat other symptoms of brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, ADHD, autism, depression, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease at the University of San Francisco's Neuroscape laboratory.

Dolphins at the Baltimore Acquarium demonstrate they have a sense of self by curiously examining themselves in a mirror.

Videos From the Text

Chapter 2

A YouTube animation of the sodium-potassium pump is an instructive illustration of how the mechanism works.

The Schwann Cell and Action Potential is a visually appealing animation of myelination and how it speeds conduction.

The video The Origin of the Brain describes how (and why) neurons and synapses evolved and ends with a demonstration of how simple circuits can "remember" and make "decisions."

The Symphony Inside Your Brain describes the Human Connectome Project and features a rotating scan of the major pathways of one hemisphere.

Chapter 3

BrainGate Lets Your Brain Control the Computer is a video explanation of the BrainGate system; it shows the patient controlling a computer and a prosthetic hand. A second video shows a paralyzed woman controlling a robotic arm to drink coffee, and a third documents a man's moderately successful stem cell treatment for a spinal cord injury.

Chapter 4

A video explains the CLARITY technique, flies you through a mouse brain, and examines neurons in the brain of a deceased boy with autism.

Brainbow is illustrated in a slideshow of stunning images, and an animated video explains how the CRISPR technique works.

Several videos describe an idyllic life for retired chimps at Chimp Haven.

Chapter 7

Profiles of Two Women With AIS interviews Eden Atwood and a young girl about living with androgen insensitivity syndrome.

Chapter 8

Here you can link to a variety of sites, from the University of California to YouTube, to see Brain and Emotion Videos.


Chapter 9

Two animations, Hearing and How it Works and Auditory Transduction, give a good picture of what happens in the middle and inner ear. Dancing Hair Cell is a highly magnified video of an outer hair cell shortening and lengthening in rhythm with Linda Ronstadt's "Quiéreme Mucho"

Biointeractive: The Cochlea features an animation of the basilar membrane responding to pure tones and music. The video is a good demonstration of place analysis, although for simplicity's sake it suggests that the basilar membrane around the area of greatest vibration does not vibrate at all.

Cochlear Implant is an animated explanation of the process of hearing and how cochlear implants restore hearing. A YouTube video captures the excitement of a young woman when her new implant is turned on.



To communicate over long distances on Isla Gomera, one of the Canary Islands, people use complex whistles; you can see a video from UNESCO on YouTube. The whistles are processed in left- and right-hemisphere language areas by whistlers, but not by others. !Kung hunters of the Kalahari Desert communicate solely with clicks while stalking game, and some researchers believe clicks formed the first vocal language. (The ! symbol denotes a click, which is part of the name.) Hear South African singer Miriam Makeba demonstrate the click language and sing her famous "Click Song." In addition, the host for The Daily Show, comedian Trevor Noah, speaks Xhosa, which also contains click syllables as can be seen in this YouTube interview on the BBC.

You can see a video of Daniel Kish using tongue clicks to navigate city streets, ride a bike, and even find a ball in an open field.

Chapter 10

Videos show the Argus II implantable retina; the surgery to implant the Argus (not for the squeamish); an Alpha IMS recipient describing what he sees; a blind man who "sees" using BrainPort, which transmits a video image to an array of electrodes on his tongue; and Corey Haas, whose improved vision allows him to live a normal life after gene therapy.


Faceblind is the website of prosopagnosia research centers at Dartmouth, Harvard, and University College, London. Prosopagnosia, at Wikipedia, features a rotating brain that provides a 3-D view of the fusiform face area's location.

Blindsight: Seeing Without Knowing It is a Scientific American article with a fascinating video of a man using blindsight to walk down a hallway filled with obstacles.

Hearing Motion is a video about motion synesthesia research, and Exactly Like Breathing is a collection of interviews of synesthetes.


Chapter 11

C-Span Archived a Recording of Michael J. Fox's 1999 Testimony before Congress. In this video, he has not taken his daily L-dopa dose and, therefore, is exhibiting "off his L-dopa" symptoms.

In an interview with Katie Couric, actor Michael J. Fox talks about living with Parkinson's disease and about his views on stem cell research.

Todd Kuiken is now testing a prosthetic arm that includes sensors and stimulators to provide sensation of touch. A new type of brain-controlled limb replacement, designed in collaboration between Johns Hopkins Medical School and the U.S. Department of Defense (DARPA), has been mounted directly to an amputee's skeleton and can be controlled simply by thought. Finally, Hugh Herr is using bioengineering techniques to design prosthetic limbs that are more natural in design and function.

Chapter13

At Not Exactly Rocket Science you can read about tool use in chimpanzees and see a video of chimps making and using fishing sticks. Nature's Tools: How Birds Use Them is an excerpt from a BBC wildlife film that shows a New Caledonian crow fishing for grubs.

Two videos of Kim Peek are guaranteed to impress you. You can learn more about the lab's work at its website.

Chapter 14

At Hoarders, you can watch entire episodes of the reality TV series.

Chapter 15

The NOVA video Sleep features research on the role of sleep in memory.

ABC News video cameras caught Amy and Anna raiding the refrigerator during their sleep.

Charlie Rose interviews neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran, and the website TED presents a lecture by consciousness expert Dan Dennett.