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The Electric Brain

   2018    Medicine
The nervous system is fundamentally electric. When we move our arm, it moves because a electric signal has been sent to the muscle that controls it. Now, because the brain is electric, we could also use electricity to record what the brain is doing or bypass it entirely, and control a body. That means that we could restore movement to people who are paralyzed, feel through an artificial hand as if it was our own, and even read people's minds.
Michael Stevens explores how electricity can be used to move cockroaches, control other peoples' limbs and even read peoples' thoughts.
Series: Mind Field Season 2

Destruction

   2017    Culture
Our relationship with destruction is not a simple one. It can release endorphins and relax our minds. It can amp us up and make us even more aggressive. It can even help us regulate our emotional reactions. Can violently breaking things calm us down? Or does it simply anger us more? Find out as Michael Stevens takes a look into our urge to destroy.
Series: Mind Field Season 1

Touch

   2017    Medicine
When it comes to illusions, optical illusions get all the attention. But the whole body you have can be fooled and can fool the brain. What is touch? Is it real, or is it just in our heads? Michael Stevens decides to find out.
Series: Mind Field Season 1

Freedom of Choice

   2017    Medicine
Everyone always wants to be able to choose - but who really makes these choices? And do we really want to have more choices? Michael Stevens finds out as he explores decision-making.
Series: Mind Field Season 1

React

   2021    Medicine
How do you react to the world around you? Through the lens of a boxer, a first responder, a cell tower climber and a man with a bionic limb, we'll go deep into the universe of the most powerful machine on earth: the human brain and the vast nervous system it controls.
The human body is full of systems, but there's one system that controls all the others, and it might be the one that truly makes you you: The nervous system.
Series: Human: The World Within
How to Grow a Planet
How to Grow a Planet

   2012    Science
The Last Dance
The Last Dance

   2020    Culture
The Crime of the Century
The Crime of the Century

   2021    Medicine
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works

   2014    Science
Rome
Rome

      History
Rotten
Rotten

   2018    Nature
Planet Earth
Planet Earth

   2007    Nature