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Do I Only Use 10% of My Brain? (03:25)


Modern science reveals that we use all of our brain, all of the time. The brain devours a quarter of our energy and powers 100 billion neurons.

Cells: Do I Only Use 10% of My Brain? (02:17)

Drinking a cup of tea lights up several parts of the brain. Our brains have 85 billion neurons and 85 billion glial cells. Glial cells provide insulation, food, and protection to neurons.

How Can I Boost My Brain? (02:19)

Research reveals that brain training does not make one more intelligent but we can boost brain power for certain tasks.

Brain Changes: Boosting the Brain (02:03)

Musicians have bigger cerebellums and up to 130% more grey matter. Learning street names increased the hippocampi of London cab drivers.

Why Don't Men Ask for Directions? (03:49)

The Arctic Tern's brain contains biomagnetite. Controversial studies reveal that men are better at visual-spatial tasks and navigation while women are better at verbal fluency and reasoning.

Why do I Get Travel Sick? (04:06)

The vestibular system maintains our sense of balance. Balance information needs to be mapped on to our visual sense or, our bodies think we have been poisoned and we vomit.

Why Can't I Remember her Name? (05:05)

Neurons forge new connections to make a memory. Information enters our working memory and must reach our long-term memory in the hippocampus for recall. Learn tips for memory recall.

Why are Zombies Scary? (03:48)

Learn how our brain processes fear in a fifth of a second. Vocabulary includes amygdala, hormones, visual cortex, hippocampus, and uncanny valley.

Why Does Ice Cream Make My Head Hurt? (03:50)

Headaches reflect changes in brain blood supply. Tiny blood vessels contract rapidly when cold hits the roof of our mouth causing sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia; swearing can reduce pain.

Why Do We Fall in Love? (04:58)

The neuroscience of love involves three stages of chemical release: dopamine and testosterone for lust, oxytocin for romantic love, and endorphins for security. Love has emotional and physical benefits.

Can I Trust My Brain? (04:00)

Our memories are so unreliable that false memories can be induced. Our brain cannot process all of the information we are exposed to so it takes several shortcuts.

Does Gray Matter? (04:04)

Brain scanners help us understand how the brain works. In 1953, experts identified the hippocampus as our memory. Learn the story of Phineas Gage; grey matter defines who we are.

Credits: Things You Need to Know…About Brains: James May's Things You Need to Know (Series 2 (00:32)

Credits: Things You Need to Know…About Brains: James May's Things You Need to Know (Series 2

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Things You Need to Know…About Brains: James May's Things You Need to Know (Series 2)

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With the aid of some mind-boggling animation and motion graphics, James May cranks open your cranium to get the answers from 100 billion whizzing neurons on questions like why men don't ask for directions, why your memory is so bad and what love has in common with class A drugs. Packed full of brain-bending science that is sure to blow your mind—you will never think of your grey matter in the same way again! Part of the series James May's Things You Need to Know (Series 2). A BBC Production. (45 minutes)

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL55721

ISBN: 978-0-81609-266-6

Copyright date: ©2012

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