a map of the brain

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neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity is a non-specific neuroscience term referring to the ability of the brain and nervous system in all species to change structurally and functionally as a result of input from the environment. Plasticity occurs on a variety of levels, ranging from cellular changes involved in learning, to large-scale changes involved in cortical remapping in response to injury. The most widely recognized forms of plasticity are learning, memory, and recovery from brain damage.

More on neuroplasticity by Norman Doidge: The Neuroplasticity revolution.

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mirror neurons and the evolution of consciousness

Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.

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neurological basis for decision making

Marcus Du Sautoy [Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and the Simonyi Professorship for the Public Understanding of Science] participates in an experiment conducted by John-Dylan Haynes [Professor at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin] that attempts to find the neurological basis for decision making.

Some more on brain and free will by John-Dylan Haynes: Unconscious determinants of free decisions in the human brain.

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brain connection

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

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the divided brain

Renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society.

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