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For the love of dogs

16 minutes

Can a knowledge of dogs help a boy with Asperger’s connect with people?

For anyone familiar with Asperger’s syndrome, 11-year-old Cory’s symptoms will come as no surprise: the autism spectrum disorder makes him frequently unable to read non-verbal social cues and obsessively focused on interests. Clearly intelligent but also very different from his peers, Cory suffers bullying and longs for acceptance at school. His parents hope that their son’s encyclopedic canine knowledge and, in particular, the family’s planned road trip to the National Dog Show in Philadelphia, might help Cory forge human connections.

Director: Tim O’Donnell

Producer: Heather Gould, Jonathan Gould

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/History of Ideas

Can the problem of induction save Anthony’s dismal dating 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