The four entertaining segments in this NOVA episode investigate topics such as how visual information is processed, artificial intelligence, the potential for mind control, and how perception becomes reality. Segments: Magic and the Brain
details the neuroscience involved in illusions; Can Machines Think Like Us?
profiles Watson, the IBM computer designed to compete against human contestants on Jeopardy!; Magnetic Mind Control
explores how scientists soon may be able to "hack" into the human brain; and Profile: David Eagleton
looks at how the researcher’s "guerilla science" attempts to alter people’s sense of time and explain the phenomenon of synesthesia. Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Grades 9 and up. Closed captioned. Color and black-and-white. PBS. 60 minutes. ©2011.
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