Welcome to the companion Web site to "Secrets of the Mind" originally broadcast on October 23, 2001. The film delves into the mind-tingling efforts of neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran to discover how the brain works. Here's what you'll find online:
Your mind sees the classic Necker cube either as pointing upward to the right or downward to the left—but not both at the same time, no matter how hard you try. Give the cube a peek, along with an intriguing series of other visual challenges.
From Ramachandran's Notebook
One patient had gnawing sensations in his phantom arm until he discovered his discarded limb was being devoured by maggots. Another felt pleasant sensations in her phantom foot every time she had sexual intercourse. Hear these and other strange tales from the phantom world, as vividly described by Ramachandran.
The Electric Brain
How does a three-pound mass of wet, gray tissue (the brain) succeed in representing the external world so beautifully? In this interview with neuroscientist Rodolfo Llinas, explore how his theory of the timing of electrical oscillations in the brain gives rise to consciousness, and how failures in this timing can lead to a variety of brain disorders.
Probe the Brain (Hot Science)
Use an electric probe to map the motor cortex, the area of the brain responsible for controlling body movement.
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