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The Brain with David Eagleman

  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Education

Summary

Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the wonders of the human brain in a series that reveals the ultimate story of us, why we feel and think the things we do.

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Episode 2: What Makes Me?

Summary

The neuroscientist continues his exploration of the inner workings of the human brain, revealing how it gives rise to people's thoughts, emotions, memories and personality.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

"What makes us who we are?" is the question stimulating our synapses in this cerebral documentary, first shown in 2016. Dr David Eagleman whips through a range of case studies to glue together something approximating an answer. Everything we experience, he explains, alters our brain structure, meaning our identities aren't set in stone because we're constantly rewiring our minds in tune with our environment.

A band of drummers makes a cool analogy for how different states of consciousness operate; neurons firing in complex rhythmic patterns while awake, and at a more steady pace in deep sleep. As for the nature of consciousness itself, Dr Eagleman admits that neuroscience is still fumbling in the dark over that one.

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Cast

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PresenterDavid Eagleman

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DirectorCatherine Gale
DirectorToby Trackman
Executive producerJustine Kershaw
Executive producerDan Oliver
Series producerJennifer Beamish
WriterDavid Eagleman

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  • Episode 2

    What Makes Me?

    Summary

    The neuroscientist continues his exploration of the inner workings of the human brain, revealing how it gives rise to people's thoughts, emotions, memories and personality.

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    "What makes us who we are?" is the question stimulating our synapses in this cerebral documentary, first shown in 2016. Dr David Eagleman whips through a range of case studies to glue together something approximating an answer. Everything we experience, he explains, alters our brain structure, meaning our identities aren't set in stone because we're constantly rewiring our minds in tune with our environment.

    A band of drummers makes a cool analogy for how different states of consciousness operate; neurons firing in complex rhythmic patterns while awake, and at a more steady pace in deep sleep. As for the nature of consciousness itself, Dr Eagleman admits that neuroscience is still fumbling in the dark over that one.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterDavid Eagleman

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorCatherine Gale
    DirectorToby Trackman
    Executive producerJustine Kershaw
    Executive producerDan Oliver
    Series producerJennifer Beamish
    WriterDavid Eagleman
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