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Previews begin October 2007. Premieres January 2008.

Watch the Full Episode: “Mind Brain Machine”

Meet Tony Grobmeier, who was born without a corpus callosum, the structure that connects the two interdependent halves of our brains: language and linear thinking on the left, emotion and visual perception on the right. Next, enter the FlyLab at Caltech, where Michael Dickinson and his graduate students are researching the brain with help from Drosophila Melanogaster-a.k.a. the fruit fly. After that, find out how scientists are attempting to catch the brain in the act of decision making using an fMRI, a method of brain scanning that is revolutionizing our understanding of the science of decision making. Finally, meet a fascinating cast of robots, including NASA veterans like the Mars Exploration Rover and youngsters like the tool-wielding A.T.H.L.E.T.E. (All Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer).

  • comments (4)
  • eric grimes

    I am *extremely* happy that television showed a black man as an intelligent scientist. All too often they are left out of “academic” affiliations. I work at a research center in the midwest and deal with many foreigners, but no black men. Though irrelevant, i happen to be a white man.

  • thomas lewis

    there are plenty of black scientist’s,the only difference is the pigment in there skin,to protect from suns ray,because of warmer region they came from,remember also,that blacks represent a low percent of American population.Tv shows many black scientist’s and doctors,I never got the impression they were shown as unintelligent .

  • Walter Lee

    Best ovweview of brain functioning I have erver seen!

  • Kurt S

    I am *extremely* happy that they showed black robots in this show. They are just as smart as the other colors…..


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