5 Talks on the Wonders of the Mind

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Nadine Burke Harris, Sarah Watamura, and Jacqueline Jodl at Spotlight Health.

Thanks to advances in science, our understanding of the structure and function of the brain is quickly growing. Imaging technologies reveal how the brain develops and ages, why we need love, and what makes poverty so damaging. These discussions from Spotlight Health reveal the wonders of the mind. Watch and listen below.

  • Applying Nueroscience to the Classroom What does neuroscience have to offer education? A panel of neuroscientists and master educators explain how a deepening understanding of interdependent neural processes can revolutionize teaching and learning. Listen
  • ​Hot Stuff! Love & the Brain What makes two people click? What does it really mean to say, “we have chemistry”? Anthropologist Helen Fisher talks about the four styles of thought and behavior that help explain the biological underpinnings of romantic love, love addiction, adultery, and divorce. Watch
  • The Aging Brain Our brains inevitably change as we grow older. Our cells degenerate, we forget names, and we think more slowly, making hard to distinguish normal aging from the warning signs of brain disease. Listen
  • ​Can't Just Stop: An Investigation of Compulsions Whether mild, such as hanging your tea towels in a very specific way, or extreme, such as OCD and hoarding, compulsion is a coping response to varying degrees of anxiety. Science writer Sharon Begley explains the science of compulsive behavior. Listen
  • The Neuroscience of Poverty Poverty is a powerful stressor that influences growth and development in children, and physical and mental health throughout adulthood. Science and imaging technology are demonstrating how the socioeconomic disparities that flow from historical injustice alter brain structures. Watch
Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide
In our politically charged climate, it’s not uncommon to hear the term impeachment bandied about. What does our system say, and do, about impeachment? Harvard Law professor Cass Sunstein offers a nonpartisan, historical guide — with some reverence, and even awe — for our constitutional order, and for the power it gives to We the People. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, listen on SiriusXM's Insight channel, or find us on NPR One.
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