Discovery Channel's Superhuman Showdown
SUPERHUMAN SHOWDOWN on the Discovery Channel
Superhuman Showdown is an exciting new format featuring a global quest to track down and investigate the world's most extraordinary people -- individuals whose abilities go far beyond those of ordinary humans. From ice‐swimmers to knife throwers, contortionists to memory champions, these people are truly astonishing. They appear to defy what is humanly possible and the question is: how do they do it?
StarTalk Live! Big Brains at BAM (Part 1)
(April 22, 2015)
What is consciousness? What is self-awareness? Find out when host Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Eugene Mirman welcome actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik of "The Big Bang Theory," neuroscientist and returning StarTalk Live! alumni Dr. Heather Berlin, comedian Michael Ian Black and actor Paul Rudd to the stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The freewheeling discussion covers veganism and colonizing Mars, home schooling, behavior modification and genetic predisposition, Autism Spectrum disorders, waterboarding, and the socially unconventional characters on "The Big Bang Theory." And that’s just what happened before the group was joined onstage by surprise guest Bill Nye the Science Guy.
StarTalk Live! Big Brains at BAM (Part 2)
(April 29, 2015)
Welcome back for Part 2 of our 3-Part tour of the human brain, guided by neuroscientists Mayim Bialik and Dr. Heather Berlin. Join host Neil deGrasse Tyson, co-host Eugene Mirman, guests Bill Nye, Michael Ian Black and Paul Rudd and the audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as we learn about NASA’s studies on neuroplasticity in space and how adaptable the brain is. Get an update from the cutting edge of neuroscience, where mapping the underlying structure of the brain is just the beginning of understanding how to fix it when it’s broken or malformed. You’ll learn about the new technique called optogenetics, which injects a virus carrying photo-receptive genes from algae into the brain to monitor and control individual neurons, and about neuroprosthetics which could help blind people to see. Find out why sleep is necessary and how it impacts memory and Alzheimer’s Disease. Learn about the difference between how the brain stores procedural memory and declarative memory. The tour concludes next Wednesday.
StarTalk Live! Big Brains at BAM Part 3 (May 6, 2015)
Join host Neil deGrasse Tyson and our guest neuroscientists Mayim Bialik and Dr. Heather Berlin as we complete our exploration of the human mind, from the cutting edge – hyperscanning, to the hypothetical – telepathy and telekinesis, to the unthinkable – eugenics. Together with co-host Eugene Mirman and guests Bill Nye, Michael Ian Black and Paul Rudd, you’ll explore neuroethics, savant syndrome, spindle cells, animal consciousness and déjà vu. Learn about the use of ketamine and ecstasy for therapy. Find out if free will is an illusion, and whether the quantum theory of consciousness is scientifically based or a misapplication of physics. Plus, Heather and Mayim, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, discuss the complicated process of humor and the neural basis for comedy, creativity and improvisation.
StarTalk Radio: Hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Neil & co-host Eugene Mirman are joined by Wyatt Cenac ("The Daily Show"), Cara Santa Maria (Huffington Post's "Talk Nerdy To Me") and neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin at the Bell House in Brookyn to discuss the science of the mind.
Baba Brinkman & Dr Heather Berlin - Cosmic Genome Science Advent Calendar (December 2, 2014)
As Baba Brinkman freestyle raps on the mean streets of Edinburgh, Dr Heather Berlin breaks down his brain function.
The Mind Science Foundations Presents:
THE MYSTERY OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Talk at LucidNYC: Dr. Heather Berlin explains how our unconscious affects decision making (September 5, 2012)
Q&A with Dr. Heather Berlin at LucidNYC (September 5, 2012)
A Roundtable Discussion on ignorance and curiosity at The Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation of the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (April 2013)
The Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation
of the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
Physics Nobel laureate David Gross claims that the most important product of science is ignorance. Science is the quest not just for knowledge, but for better questions, and we're generally more engaged by questions than by answers. Thus, ignorance drives science and curiosity is its engine. How do we know what we don't know? Why are we driven to ask questions? How do we select questions? Is curiosity an integral mental process, or an emergent psychological phenomenon? How should curiosity and ignorance be applied to education, research, and policy?
About Discovery's Superhuman Showdown
Follow the global quest to track down and investigate incredible people with abilities that extend far beyond that of ordinary humans in brand new series, ‘Superhuman Showdown'. Assembling remarkable individuals from all over the globe at their cutting edge laboratory, internationally acclaimed scientists Dr Heather Berlin, Dr Rahul Jandial and Professor Greg Whyte examine the physical and mental makeup of each character to determine the source of their superhuman skills. Categorising their feats based on unifying traits such as speed, strength, endurance, brain power or skill, each episode sees five contestants push themselves to the limit in a series of rigorous scientific tests. The scientists will then select the two most impressive individuals to go head to head in the gruelling final showdown. From gravity defying base jumpers, mesmerising mathematicians and champion contortionists; to human speed bumps and incredible ice divers, who will be declared the ultimate superhuman?
Chelsea Does... Drugs - Netflix [HD]
Published on Jan 14, 2016Chelsea Handler is going there. In this new four-part documentary series, Handler is asking the questions that we all have, but are too afraid to ask. Delving into topics that fascinate her: marriage, racism, Silicon Valley, and drugs-- she goes after answers, all with her wry and unique sense of humor. Chelsea Does... premieres January 23, only on Netflix.
Watch a clip with Dr. Berlin here:
Science Goes to the Movies
Bill Nye Bowtie Bonus
(February 5, 2016)
Bill Nye shows you how to tie a Bill Nye Bow Tie!
With Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin on Science Goes to the Movies
Science Goes to the Movies
Latest edition: Episode #112: "Ballers" & "Everest"
Aired on January 15, 2016
View it here: http://www.cuny.tv/show/sciencegoestothemovies
In episode #112 of Science Goes to the Movies, Dr. Heather Berlin and Faith Salie are joined by Carl Banks, former New York Giants linebacker, radio color commentator, and G-III Sports Apparel President, to discuss the neuroscience of teamwork and loyalty as portrayed in the HBO series Ballers as well as the film Everest.
Science Goes to the Movies
Latest edition: Episode #109: "Welcome to Me", "The Jinx", & "Silence of the Lambs"
Aired on October 23, 2015
View it here: https://vimeo.com/143380659
In episode #109 of Science Goes to the Movies, Dr. Heather Berlin and Faith Salie discuss mental illness as it’s represented in the Kristen Wiig comedy, Welcome to Me; the HBO documentary series, The Jinx; the Hannibal Lecter franchise that began with Silence of the Lambs; and Game of Thrones.
Science Goes to the Movies
Latest edition: Episode #108: "Ex_Machina" & "Blade Runner"
Original tape date: May 29, 2015. First aired: September 18, 2015.
View it here: http://www.cuny.tv/show/sciencegoestothemovies
In episode #108 of Science Goes to the Movies, Dr. Heather Berlin and Faith Salie are joined by Christof Koch, President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, for a discussion about artificial intelligence (AI) and the fluid nature of consciousness as both apply to the 2015 film Ex Machina as well as 1982’s Blade Runner.
Science Goes to the Movies is a new monthly series, co-hosted by Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin, that looks at the science in contemporary motion pictures. Watch the series trailer. Guests are drawn from different scientific disciplines, illuminating scientific truths or imaginings in films like Interstellar, Birdman, The Theory of Everything, Into the Woods, and more. The series encourages lively and informative conversation about concepts, as well as film portrayals of scientists and scientific inquiry, asking if there is real science behind a story, or if a screenwriter made something up. Is science leading dramatic imagination, or does imagination create new science? Faith Salie is a television and national public radio host, political and pop culture commentator, interviewer, journalist and actor. Dr. Heather Berlin is an American neuroscientist focusing on brain-behavior relationships affecting the prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders.
Written and Produced by Lisa Beth Kovetz.
Made possible by a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Chelsea Does - Trailer - Netflix [HD]
(December 7, 2015)
Chelsea Handler is going there. In this new four-part documentary series, Handler is asking the questions that we all have, but are too afraid to ask. Delving into topics that fascinate her: marriage, racism, Silicon Valley, and drugs-- she goes after answers, all with her wry and unique sense of humor. Chelsea Does... premieres January 22, only on Netflix.
In the "Chelsea Does Drugs" episode she tries different drugs under the watchful eye of Dr. Heather Berlin. Dr. Berliln gives her a series of tests while she's under the influence and they discuss the effects of the drugs on her brain, body, and behavior.
Diversity in Science and Space Exploration
(May 29, 2016)
Conference on Science and Skepticism with Heather Berlin, Deborah Berebichez, Hussein Jirdeh, & Jennifer Lopez
Heather Berlin & Dr. Deepak Chopra: The Neuroscience Of Consciousness
(October 19, 2015)Neural correlates of consciousness help in understanding the brain but the origins of consciousness remain elusive.
Available now on www.CuriosityStream.com: Deepak Chopra's Curious Minds is a brand new series of intimate dialogues around the science of our universe ..featuring nobel laureates, academics & thought leaders.
University Challenge Christmas 2015 E05 Exeter v Magdalen Oxford
December 24, 2015
In the Exeter University team are wildlife presenter Nick Baker and actor Barnaby Edwards, who plays a Dalek in Doctor Who. They fight it out for a place in the semis against Magdalen College, Oxford, featuring documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux and writer Matt Ridley.
University Challenge Christmas 2015 E09 Second of the semi-finals
December 31, 2015
University College London vs Magdalen College, Oxford
University Challenge Christmas 2015 E10 The Grand Final
January 1, 2016
Christmas-themed quiz for university alumni. It is the grand final of this seasonal competition - which university will be Christmas University Challenge champions? University of Sheffield vs Magdalen College, Oxford.
The Moral Animal: Virtue, Vice, & Human Nature
(Published on Dec 16, 2015)
In Tolstoy's famous novella, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, a rich and meaningful inner life is sacrificed in pursuit of material rewards and social status. How can we cultivate something intrinsic that transcends our worldly accomplishments? Assuming a basic model or map of human nature is needed to navigate the road to the good life, what desires, tendencies, and aversions comprise our core nature? How has our evolutionary history shaped our moral impulses? Are we inherently good, or fundamentally flawed? Philosopher Christian Miller joins cognitive neuroscientist Heather Berlin and science writer Michael Shermer to take a closer look at our moral ecology and its influence on our underlying assumptions about human nature.
The Neuroscience of Genius, Creativity, and Improvisation, with Heather Berlin (March 4, 2015)
What do originality and invention look like in the brain? In this interview with New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer as part of Big Think's partnership with 92Y's Seven Days of Genius series, neuroscientist Heather Berlin explains current research into creative "flow states", examining what happens in the brain when rappers and jazz musicians improvise.
Off the Top: The Neuroscience of Creativity (March 3, 2014)
Science rapper Baba Brinkman (Rap Guide to Evolution) teams up with neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin and cognitive psychologist and science writer Scott Barry Kaufman to explore the brain basis of improvisation, mixing freestyle rap with the latest research.
What’s going on “under the hood” when a comedian or musician improvises? Why are the spontaneous moments of life always the most memorable? Does anything actually rhyme with Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex? A new marriage of science and spontaneous creativity.
ONE WORLD: HEATHER BERLIN & DEEPAK CHOPRA (January 3, 2015)
From Cognitive Neuroscientist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to Discovery Channel’s Superhuman Showdown host, Heather Berlin’s interest lies with studying the neural basis of consciousness, dynamic unconscious processes & creativity. Watch her ONEWORLD conversation with DeepakChopra now on NEWSWIREFM: newswire.fm/one_world/videosub.php?guest_id=336
TEDx Talks: The Brain is our last frontier and consciousness is expanding. | Dr. Heather Berlin | TEDxYouth@KC
Published on Jan 29, 2015
The brain may seem mysterious, but here Dr. Berlin gives us a basic primer of consciousness and creativity. Heather’s talk illuminates the unique opportunities of the youth brain, mind and consciousness.
Dr. Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She explores the complex interactions of the human brain and mind with the goal of contributing to improved treatment and prevention of impulsive and compulsive psychiatric disorders. She is also interested in the neural basis of consciousness, dynamic unconscious processes, and creativity, and is passionate about public outreach and science communication.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
Filmmaker- Jonathan Minard
Scientist- Heather Berlin
"Heather and Jonathan won a $2000 cash prize from The Science and Entertainment Exchange and a $15,000 value rental from Panavision, respectively. Thank you to our sponsors!" -Imagine Science Films
The Unconscious Brain (January 2014): After an overview from Dr. Norman Doidge this episode features a panel discussion with psychotherapist and author Bill O'Hanlon, Cognitive Neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Dr. Heather Berlin, Canada Research Chair in Mind, Brain Imaging and Neuroethics at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and University of Ottawa Dr. Georg Northoff and clinical psychologist Dr. Jacques Gouws.
From NECSS 2013; Heather Berlin, Steve Novella, Jon Ronson, & Brian Wecht. Are conditions such as psychopathy real "brain diseases" that can be reliably diagnosed? Or even defined? How do we ensure that public policy regarding mental illnesses and disorders are based upon science and not sensationalism?
New Learning Times
Seen in New York: You're the Expert
Don't know what the difference is between being impulsive and compulsive? Don't worry; neither do these jokers. At "You're the Expert," the live show and podcast that combines comedy and academia, comedians stand in for audience members as student doppelgangers, using games, guesses, and sketches to try to figure out what a guest expert studies - and what the heck it means. By making advanced research part of an interactive comedy show, it is made accessible and engaging beyond the normal confines of academic journals and institutions. And as it turns out, one person's Serious Life's Work is another person's Funny Night Out. Everybody wins.
A Roundtable Discussion with Cristina Alberini, Heather Berlin, Vittorio Gallese, Robert Michels, Donald Pfaff, and Mark Solms at the Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of the Imagination (October 2, 2010)