Only four weeks into human gestation, the brain’s first cells, the neurons, are already forming at an astonishing rate—250,000 every minute. This program illustrates that process and the more complex brain development that occurs during an infant’s life, both before and following birth. Viewers learn how vision and the visual cortex come into play; what happens when a baby is born with visual impairment, such as infant cataracts; and many more facts and insights regarding the early brain’s ability to shape itself in response to the demands of the world. Distributed by PBS Distribution. Part of the series The Secret Life of the Brain. (56 minutes)
Distributed by PBS Distribution.DETAILS Producer: PBSSeries: The Secret Life of the BrainDate Added: 12/12/2009Copyright Date: © 2001Item #: 41054Type: Documentary FilmRun Time: 54:21TAGSAnatomyBiological neural network Biology Brain Human brain Mind NeuropsychologyNeuroscience Neuroscience and intelligence
Nowhere is learning more dramatic than in the way a child learns to speak and communicate. This program shows how we acquire and cultivate language-perhaps the greatest hallmark of being human. Viewers learn how, in adults, the language center of the brain resides in the left hemisphere, while most children respond to verbalization with their entire brains. The film also describes how seizures such as those resulting from epilepsy and Rasmussen’s syndrome have a devastating effect on brain development in some children. Distributed by PBS Distribution. Part of the series The Secret Life of the Brain. (56 minutes)
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