The Secret Life of the Brain

The Secret Life of the Brain

2002, Psychology  -    -  Playlist 28 Comments
Ratings: 7.59/10 from 120 users.

The Secret Life of the BrainThe Secret Life of the Brain, a David Grubin Production, reveals the fascinating processes involved in brain development across a lifetime.

The five-part series, informs viewers of exciting information in the brain sciences, introduces the foremost researchers in the field, and utilizes dynamic visual imagery and compelling human stories to help a general audience understand otherwise difficult scientific concepts.

A startling new map of the human brain has emerged during the past decade of neuroscience research, contradicting much of what was previously believed. This series tells stories through a mix of personal histories, expert commentary, and animation.

1. The Baby's Brain: Wider than the Sky. A baby's brain is a mystery whose secrets scientists are just beginning to unravel. The mystery begins in the womb - only four weeks into gestation the first brain cells, the neurons, are already forming at an astonishing rate: 250,000 every minute.

2. The Child's Brain: Syllable from Sound. A child's brain is a magnificent engine for learning. A child learns to crawl, then walk, run and explore. A child learns to reason, to pay attention, to remember, but nowhere is learning more dramatic than in the way a child learns language. As children, we acquire language -- the hallmark of being human.

3. The Teenage Brain: A World of Their Own. When examining the adolescent brain we find mystery, complexity, frustration, and inspiration. As the brain begins teeming with hormones, the prefrontal cortex, the center of reasoning and impulse control, is still a work in progress. For the first time, scientists can offer an explanation for what parents already know -- adolescence is a time of roiling emotions, and poor judgment.

4. The Adult Brain: To Think by Feeling. The adult brain is the apotheosis of the human intellect, but what of emotion? The study of emotion was once relegated to the backwaters of neuroscience, a testament to the popular conception that what we feel exists outside our brains, acting only to intrude on normal thought. The science has changed: Emotion is now considered integral to our over-all mental health.

5. The Aging Brain: Through Many Lives. At the age of 95, Stanley Kunitz was named poet laureate of the United States. Still writing new poems, still reading to live audiences, he stands as an inspiring example of the brain's ability to stay vital in the final years of our lives. The latest discoveries in neuroscience present a new view of how the brain ages. Overturning decades of dogma, scientists recently discovered that even into our seventies, our brains continue producing new neurons.

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7 years ago

We couldn't watch because the music track was so loud, it was difficult to hear the speaking voice. After 10 minutes we stopped, and then returned it in disappointment. Zero stars in our opinion.

7 years ago

I was enjoying the series and learning a lot, until the end of the first film. I now discover that one of the major investors in the whole series is Pfizer. What a let down. As a result of this funding, there is very little reference to the emotional development of the brain and REM sleep quality which we now know (2015) to have a significant part to play in how the cortex develops.This series was made in 2001 which is hardly cutting edge material. I just feel I wasted the hours being brain washed into how the drug companies operate and the straight line thinking that they promote. Very deceptive mechanisms at work in this entire series. In my opinion you should use your time more wisely and search for more up to date, impartial scientific and psychological findings in order to educate yourself .

9 years ago

so many terrible people have kids. and those kids are stuck with them, and subject to all of their parents' abusive whims and calcified emotional triggers and prejudices.

10 years ago

phizer advert

11 years ago

This is a great series, it is really interesting. I love the stuff on drug addiction makes it more understanding, same with PTSD, schizophrenia, depression, etc. So much good stuff in this documentary.

11 years ago

Man, I've been staring at a screen with nothing but 'ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXY and Z' just trying to figure out if there's a way to scramble a few of these letters together and give a meaning to that tune 'Louie, Louie' everybody has heard at least once in their life. My ma loved that song and I don't know why. By the way..... was listening, but you weren't listening back! YOU didn't prove anything. All YOU proved was that there are a few voices coming from the same mouth.

11 years ago

Has any one else noticed that all the doctors and neuroscientists in this feature are women?

11 years ago

I think everyone can get something out of this series. Maybe if more teens watch this, it will reduce drug related issues? Just because you don't feel the effect of a drug, or you feel that you are completely in control after taking the drug even though other people are not, doesn't decrease your chance of getting addicted. In fact, the chance increases.

One can dream.

11 years ago

[ The Aging Brain: Through Many Lives. At the age of 95, Stanley Kunitz was named poet laureate of the United States. Still writing new poems, still reading to live audiences, ..] good news to many, and me.

11 years ago

This info re: Cortisol (great amounts of stress for long period of time & EFFECTS of that) is opening a window into my OWN history of depression and anxiety and I'm so grateful. It explans A LOT and that is NOT a joke, MK. Therefore, as always Vlatko - thank you.

11 years ago

I finally finished this series....I think this was really good and interesting,, I really enjoyed the first video concerning the brain and growth with the little babies Aww lol...

11 years ago

when it says "a faded photograph" (min 37:29) why is it there the word "girl" at the front of the shade or the shadow? (sorry for my english my first tongue is spanish) cheers and thx for tan answer =o)

11 years ago

This doc is a joke... shows just how narrow minded current 'Institutions' are.

'All psychologists and psychiatric should conciser themselves as unofficial. At least then you will have an out. We do not know how artistic genius is done. We can put the tools into the hands of people, but we never know who will use them to create genius.'
- Alan Watts (Philosophizer)

11 years ago

I went to School with the guy that they feature with schizophrenia in part 3. At 26:27 They are in the pool hall I bartended at. I was working that evening. It had to be at around 10 years ago. He was a good kid. Everyone liked him. I haven't seen him since then. Damn shame...

11 years ago

A lot of good changes happening on TDF, I like that the new comments are always at the top in sort by newest, we don't have to search all over to find them.
I have a suggestion:
How about adding "dislike" under each comments, people would have the choice to disagree without having to write long (hurtful) comments. And we the readers could measure more easily the pulse.
Also if a person was the top would send a straight message. I would suggest only members could use no possibility to hide or to keep disliking a comment nonstop.

11 years ago

For so long have I expected another series about the brain. Thanks!