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    I Watch 3 Episodes of Mind Field With Our Experts & Researchers

    (soft music) (eerie sound) – Hey Vsauce! Michael here. Every episode of Mind Field is now free to view all over the world, all 24 episodes, all three seasons. Whoa! It is really exciting. And it’s why I’ve invited you hear to Vsauce headquarters. Why watch Mind Field alone when you could watch it with me and some of the researchers, writers, scientists and teachers who are in the episodes who made Mind Field what it is? That’s right, we are about to have ourselves a Mind Field marathon. We are going to watch three episodes in their entirety, pausing throughout to talk more deeply about the concepts in the…

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    I Watch 3 Episodes of Mind Field With Our Experts & Researchers

    (soft music) (eerie sound) – Hey Vsauce! Michael here. Every episode of Mind Field is now free to view all over the world, all 24 episodes, all three seasons. Whoa! It is really exciting. And it’s why I’ve invited you hear to Vsauce headquarters. Why watch Mind Field alone when you could watch it with me and some of the researchers, writers, scientists and teachers who are in the episodes who made Mind Field what it is? That’s right, we are about to have ourselves a Mind Field marathon. We are going to watch three episodes in their entirety, pausing throughout to talk more deeply about the concepts in the…

  • Why do we laugh when we’re tickled | Greg Foot | Ask Head Squeeze
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    Why do we laugh when we’re tickled | Greg Foot | Ask Head Squeeze

    Hey Head Squeezers! I hope you’re well and welcome to the first Ask Head Squeeze Thursdays! Now as promised in my announcement video last week I’m going to be looking at You Tuber James The Weirdo’s question all about tickling. Don’t even think about it! Now in this film I’m going to uncover why we can’t tickle ourselves and also which animals laugh when tickled? But first, feather dusters at the ready. Not you. What is a tickle? Now if you peeled off your epidermis, the top layer of your skin you’d see hair follicles, sweat glands, muscles, nerve endings and probably quite a lot of blood. It’s those nerve…

  • 4 Weird Audio Illusions!
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    4 Weird Audio Illusions!

    This is what the auditory cortex in your brain looks like… if it was made out of paper. And had a cute little face. Your auditory cortex seems well-meaning, but it can be pretty deceptive. Our hearing plays tricks on us all of the time, and it’s not your ears that are to blame. When you repeat a phrase over and over and over, it begins to sound like a song. It’s called the Speech to Song Illusion. The repetition of the words tricks us into hearing a rhythm and thinking it’s musical. And when you think you’re hearing a song, your brain works even harder to detect musical patterns…

  • You’re Not Hallucinating. That’s Just Squid Skin. | Deep Look
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    You’re Not Hallucinating. That’s Just Squid Skin. | Deep Look

    Cuttlefish… octopuses… and squid have an almost otherworldly ability to control their appearance. What makes it possible are these spots. They’re called chromatophores. They’re like tiny water balloons, filled with colored pigment. When the balloons expand, you see more pigment, more color… When they contract, the color shrinks to a tiny dot. The overall effect can be really dramatic. And for good reason. These animals don’t have protective external shells. They’re unarmored. Naked. And they aren’t great swimmers, either. Camouflage is their best defense. They have to be good at it. Octopuses can change their body position and the pattern on their skin to match rock or coral. Octopuses and…

  • The hidden brain in your skin | Claudia Aguirre | TEDxUCLA
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    The hidden brain in your skin | Claudia Aguirre | TEDxUCLA

    Translator: Rhonda Jacobs Reviewer: Peter van de Ven So, take a look at these behaviors: Does Math Gets High Gets Stressed Out And Rocks Out To Music What’s the first that comes to mind? Does it sound like – I heard “college,” yeah. (Laughter) I was thinking more of a teenager. It does sound like a teenager. But what if I told you that your skin – take a look at it, that very colorful sheath covering your body – that your skin can perform all of these behaviors. Now, before I give you the “skinny” on the teenage-like behavior of skin, I want to show you how I got…

  • Brain Activity Revealed Through Your Skin: Stress, Sleep, & Seizures | Rosalind Picard | TEDxNatick
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    Brain Activity Revealed Through Your Skin: Stress, Sleep, & Seizures | Rosalind Picard | TEDxNatick

    Translator: Rhonda Jacobs Reviewer: Cristina Bufi-Pöcksteiner This story begins when my students at MIT and I were building new technology to help people understand the emotions of others. We were working with people on the autism spectrum like this little boy here, and we created technology to read facial expressions, which you can get in your phone today thanks to the work of Affectiva. But while we were creating this, and I was talking with one of my friends with autism, who actually talked by typing, she said to me, “Roz, you’ve got it wrong. Our biggest problem is not understanding other people’s emotions, it’s you understanding our emotions.” And…