TED Talks

12 Riveting Talks from Remarkable Scientists

We hope you have already received your copy of our calendar for the academic year 2013-2014, (pictured right) which features one of these fascinating TED talks every month. It will be delivered in four installments in the weeks leading up to the 2013 meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, and all the talks will appear on this page. Many thanks to TED for allowing us to share.

The calendar also contains details of scientific conferences which Cambridge Research Systems and our distributors will be attending, or supporting by sponsoring guest talks, travel awards and poster prizes.

If you haven't received a calendar, or would like an extra copy, please let us know.

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    Vilayanur Ramachandran

    TEDIndia 2009 
    The neurons that shaped civilization

    The mesmerising Vilayanur Ramachandran describes the fascinating functions of mirror neurons, which he claims allow us to learn complex social behaviours.

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    Greg Gage

    TEDEd 2011 
    The cockroach beatbox

    By dissecting a cockroach live on stage, Greg Gage from Backyard Brains shows how brains receive and deliver electric impulses and how legs can respond.

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    Pawan Sinha

    TEDIndia 2009 
    How brains learn to see

    The inspirational Pawan Sinha investigates how our visual system develops, and uses that research to give blind children the gift of sight.

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    Ed Boyden

    TED 2011 
    A light switch for neurons

    By inserting genes for light-sensitive proteins into brain cells, Ed Boyden shows how he can selectively activate or de-activate specific neurons using fiber-optic implants.

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    Antonio Damasio

    TED 2011 
    The quest to understand consciousness

    Every day we wake up and regain consciousness, but what exactly is it that we regain?  Antonio Damasio uses this question to show how our brains create our sense of self.

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    Sheila Nirenberg

    TEDMED 2011 
    A prosthetic eye to treat blindness

    By hooking into the optic nerve and sending signals from a camera direct to the brain, Sheila Nirenberg shows how to create sight in people with certain kinds of blindness.

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    Daphne Bavelier

    Your brain on video games

    Did you know that video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask? Listen to Daphne Bavelier describe her findings.

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    Christopher deCharms

    TED 2008
    A look inside the brain in real time

    Inventor Christopher deCharms demonstrates how to use real time fMRI to show how you can actually see how you feel.

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    Neil Harbisson

    TEDGlobal 2012
    I listen to color

    Artist Neil Harbisson was born a monochromat.  Now he wears the "eyeborg", which turns light into audible frequencies, so he can hear a symphony of colours.

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    Allan Jones

    TEDGlobal 2011
    A map of the brain

    In this visually stunning talk, Allan Jones shows how his team is mapping which genes are turned on in each tiny region, and how it all connects up.

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    Ramesh Raskar

    TEDGlobal 2012
    Imaging at a trillion frames per second

    Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion.

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    Andres Lozano

    TEDxCaltech 2013
    Parkinson's, depression and the switch that might turn them off

    Andres Lozano offers a dramatic look at emerging techniques, in which a woman with Parkinson's instantly stops shaking and brain areas eroded by Alzheimer's are brought back to life.

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