This talk describes brain imaging research conducted over the last 15 years that has discovered a number of regions of the human brain, each of which conducts a remarkably specific mental function, from perceiving visual motion, to understanding language, to thinking about what other people are thinking.
For more of Nancy's short talks about the brain, click here. This story serves as the introduction to Nancy's new course, "The Human Brain". Lectures from her course will be appearing here over the next few months.
This talk discusses “modular design”, the idea that the mind and brain are composed of distinct components, each carrying out a different function. I discuss what the idea is, why it makes sense from an engineering perspective, the controversial nature of the idea, why it matters, and what broad unanswered questions it...
Perceiving, understanding and interacting with other people is at the core of what it means to be human, and brain regions supporting different aspects of social cognition take up a large area of the cortex.
MIT neuroscientist Nancy Kanwisher bares all to teach neuroanatomy.
With the help of neuro artist & grad student Rosa Lafer-Sousa, Nancy goes to ludicrous extremes to show you where in the head some of the functionally specific brain regions lie.
Nancy describes the history of attempts to localize functionally specific regions in the brain, from the 18th century onwards.
Nancy discusses what it means for a particular cognitive function to "live" in a specific area of the brain.