How it Feels to Have a Stroke - http://www.ted.com 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. (http://bit.ly/HelloBlog)
The psychology of your future self. "Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.
TED Playlist: How does my brain work? • 1) Daniel Wolpert: The real reason for brains 2) Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness 3) Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain 4) Paul Bloom: The origins of pleasure 5) Pawan Sinha: How brains learn to see 6) Allan Jones: A map of the brain 7) Christopher deCharms: A look inside the brain in real time 8) Michael Merzenich: Growing evidence of brain plasticity 9) Mary Lou Jepsen: Could future devices…
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.