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Out of our minds

21 minutes

A comparative cognition road trip across the US in search of a map of the mind

Comparative cognition is a relatively new scientific field which addresses the mechanics of the brain from a cross-species perspective, asking how memory and intelligence function in different animals. In Out of Our Minds, Kate Webbink goes on a science road trip, travelling from Montana to New York – with stops at major universities in between – to ask scientists about the challenges they face, the limitations of the field, and what exactly they’re trying to achieve. An entertaining and humorous look at comparative cognition and scientific endeavour in general, the film delves into the mysteries of the brain, and the insights and uncertainties of the scientists who study it.

Director: Kate Webbink

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