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My favorite picture of you

3 minutes

A man looks back on life with his beloved wife – on the ebb and flow of memories

As we grow older, some memories linger while others recede, becoming flashes of action that flicker for a moment before disappearing. My Favorite Picture of You takes on a lifetime of memories in under four minutes, as an elderly husband and wife recall moments shared together over the years. At once a poignant love story and a rumination on the passage of time, the film takes us on a journey through the past, celebrating memories both special and mundane, and lamenting those that have been lost.

Director: Dan Lindsay, TJ Martin

ORIGINAL
Video/Cognition & Intelligence

For millennia, we’d never seen anything like film cuts. How do we process them so easily?

7 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Genetics

Chimeras and lightning: a radical perspective on the evolution of complex life

6 minutes

Video/Mathematics

Going from A to B isn’t always a straight line – but it can be very good fun

2 minutes

Essay/Neuroscience

Where pain lives

Fixing chronic back pain is possible only when patients understand how much it is produced by the brain, not the spine

Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

Idea/Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

The history of brainwashing is a red flag for techno-therapy

David Saunders

Video/Childhood & Adolescence

What to make of a Riot Grrrl? A snapshot of feminism and high school in the 1990s

18 minutes

Essay/Human Evolution

Imagination is ancient

Our imaginative life today has access to the pre-linguistic, ancestral mind: rich in imagery, emotions and associations

Stephen T Asma

Idea/Love & Friendship

Keeping it in the family: why we pick the partners we do

Tamsin Saxton

Video/Cognition & Intelligence

Why can concave surfaces look convex when viewed from overhead (and vice versa)?

4 minutes