A History of the Brain

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A journey through 5,000 years of our understanding of the most complex thing in the known universe. Moving from Neolithic times to the present day, Dr Geoff Bunn reviews the many and varied ideas about what the brain is for and how it fulfils its functions

Arriving at the end of his journey through 5000 years of cultural history Dr Geoff Bunn discusses Einstein's brain and the impact of neurology on how we understand ourselves today. Examining the recent trend to explain every aspect of personality by underlying brain processes, Geoff Bunn highlights how disciplines from aesthetics to sociology have felt the impact of neuroscience

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Continuing his journey through 5000 years of human understanding of our brain Dr Geoff Bunn discusses the impact of the EEG and its visible brain waves on how we view ourselves.
Continuing his journey through 5000 years of human understanding of our brain Dr Geoff Bunn relates how exiles from Nazism helped establish that synaptic transmission is chemical.
Continuing his journey through 5000 years of human understanding of our brain Dr Geoff Bunn discovers Freud's original contribution was via the microscope with images of neurons. Mind the Gap, focuses on how the microscope allowed neurologists to detail the structure of brain cells.
Continuing his journey through 5000 years of human understanding of our brain Dr Geoff Bunn shows the influence of evolutionary theory, phrenology and a hole in Phineas Gage's head.
Continuing his journey through 5000 years of human understanding of our brain Dr Geoff Bunn examines the influence of the 18th century preoccupation with electricity.
Continuing his journey through 5000 years of human understanding of our brain Dr Geoff Bunn explains Thomas Willis' pioneering attempt to correlate brain anatomy with function.
Continuing his journey through 5000 years of human understanding of our brain, Dr Geoff Bunn admires da Vinci's Renaissance draftsmanship but looks back to ancient Rome and Baghdad.
Continuing his journey through 5000 years of human understanding of our brain, Dr Geoff Bunn discovers how much we owe to Ancient Greece and Hippocrates in particular. In this episode, the focus is Ancient Greek scholarship, with Hippocrates' astonishingly prescient belief in the brain as the chief organ of control …
A Hole in the Head, the focus is on trepanation, the practice of drilling holes in the skull believing that such operations might correct physiological or spiritual problems. Trepanation reveals much about the understanding of the brain from Neolithic to recent times. Beginning his journey through 5000 years of human …
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