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How we experience the meaning we create

4 minutes

How perception leaves the door open for augmented reality to transform our world

According to Beau Lotto, professor of neuroscience at University College London, when we view an object, it’s impossible for us to experience it outside of the context of millions of years of evolution and millennia of culture. In this animated video from the Future of Storytelling, Lotto discusses how the stories we create shape all of our experiences and perceptions. Lotto believes that augmented reality – moving digital storytelling from flat screens out into the physical space we’ve evolved to interact with – can equip us with perceptual tools to confront our biases and alter the way we experience the world, allowing us to transform it for the better.

Director: Steve West

Website: Future of Storytelling

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/Neuroscience

Psychiatry is due for a revolution in diagnosis and treatment through brain science

4 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