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Mind in Motion
A film by Philippe Baylaucq, Françoise Lindeman & Véronique Maison
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This documentary explores the latest scientific discoveries about the human brain, an inner cosmos as complex as the universe itself. Until recently, the brain was understood as a modular organ, with different portions responsible for hearing, vision, memory, speech and other functions. Today, however, breakthroughs in neuroscience have shown that the brain functions in a more holistic manner, as a constantly self-organizing system, continually adapting to its environment, creating new connections as learning takes place.

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MIND IN MOTION features interviews with some of the world's foremost theoretical and cognitive neuroscientists, neurobiologists and neurosurgeons, including Walter J. Freeman (Societies of Brains and How Brains Make Up Their Minds), Maurice Ptito, Vilayanur Ramachandran (Phantoms in the Brain and The Encyclopedia of the Human Brain), Lionel Naccache (Le nouvel inconscient), and Bruno van Swinderen.

These interviews are blended with animation, microscopic photography, brain imaging and archival footage to illustrate new concepts of how the brain functions, including how neurons construct new networks, how the brain learns and unlearns, the influence of neuro-hormones on social adaptation and conformity, how the brain interacts with its environment and sorts sensory information, how the brain functions simultaneously on conscious and unconscious levels, and how the brain builds meaning.

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MIND IN MOTION explores the new frontiers of brain research, demonstrating the paradigm shift now occurring in our understanding of the brain as an organ of extraordinary plasticity, one in constant development, thus revolutionizing our understanding of the relationship between body and mind.

“Makes some of the selected issues very accessible to a broad public... succeeds in creating a humane approach to the frequent clinical and materialist scientific presentations of data in neuroscience... [features] unique interviews, which are presented in a rather personal and accessible manner.” —Leonardo On-Line Reviews

"This DVD stands out because of its topic, content, and high-quality production. Although the primary audience might be neuropsychology students because of its focus on consciousness, it would fit equally well and be beneficial in any biology or life science class.

"The topic of consciousness, what it is and what we know about it, naturally brings up philosophical issues. These issues are introduced in such a way as to enhance the cross-curricular value of the program rather than getting stuck on a difficult philosophical issue. This DVD fill an important niche in a pleasant way. Most importantly, current theories and approaches are presented along with an overview of the various aspects of consciousness, following one another in a logical, natural way.

"Although it's aimed at adult viewers, the DVD's presentation is quite easy to follow and visually stimulating. The topics covered are enhanced by the cinematography and the use of computer graphics. This allows upper-high school students to gain much, as would most college students. It allows many nonscience-based classes to benefit as well. Lastly, at just under an hour in length, it fits almost any class period and would greatly encourage class discussions or a paper, as well as allowing for an easy assignment (outside of the classroom setting)."
—Marc Zucker, National Science Teachers Association

"MIND IN MOTION does a good job of explaining our most complex organ and the new developments of brain research via an easy-to-understand presentation. Perhaps space is not the final frontier. The human brain is equally alluring." —Art Therapy: The Journal of the American Art Therapy Association

Gold Award, 2010 HeSCA Media Festivals, Health & Science Communications Association

52 minutes / color
Closed Captioned
Release: 2009
Copyright: 2008
Sale: $390

Subject areas:
Biology, Closed Captioned, Health Issues, Medicine, Neuroscience & Neurology, Psychology, Science

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