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Using the resources of the Brain Research Center at UCLA, this film illustrates the development of neuroscience, from its reliance on information from brain injuries and from autopsies, through to new insights discovered with electronic micro-scopes, EEG equipment, PET scans and MRI machines. These new means of exploring the brain have broadened and deepened the extent of research; each has its own uses and methodologies which are elaborated in the film. Throughout DISCOVERING THE HUMAN BRAIN: NEW PATHWAYS TO NEUROSCIENCE, examples of actual research that utilize current technology are presented, including a study on the role of mirror neurons in autism and the mapping of language areas of a patient prior to surgery on a brain tumor. Thus, this film provides students with an understanding of the methodology and power of current research in neuroscience.With Susan Bookheimer, Ph.D.
Davidson Films, www.davidsonfilms.com

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