Ted Talk


How Playing Musical Instruments Improve Your Brain

You’ll thank your parents for forcing you to learn to play the piano after watching this video. When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout. Share this post if you liked it.


How Your Belly Controls Your Brain

Can you believe that your stomach actually controls your brain? Be careful what you eat now. As a nutritionist, microbiologist and neuroscientist, Ruairi Robertson is passionate about the link between our bellies and brains. His research is examining how our intestines and the microbes within them can influence both physical and mental health, and most importantly how our diets influence this relationship. Ruairi has travelled the world researching food, and believes it is the key to global public health.


Easy Ways to Spot a Liar

How do you protect yourself from liars? Is there an easy way to tell if someone is lying to your face? Check out this informative video to become a human lie detector. We hear anywhere from 10 to 200 lies a day. And although we’ve spent much of our history coming up with ways to detect these lies by tracking physiological changes in their tellers, these methods have proved unreliable. Is there a more direct approach? Noah Zandan uses some famous examples of lying to illustrate how we might use communications science to analyze the lies themselves. If you find this video useful, share it on facebook and twitter.