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The Secret Life of the Brain

presents a history of efforts to understand the brain, a three-dimensional tour of the brain, optical illusions, and an animation showing how magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) works. Videoclips examine how the brain evolves and differs from infancy to childhood, adolescence, and through adulthood. (WNET, National Science Foundation)

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Interesting Fact:

Phineas Gage, a railroad worker, survived a bizarre accident in which the frontal lobe of his brain was pierced by an iron rod during an explosion. He recovered, but experienced profound mood and behavior changes. This famous case was an important milestone in the study of the brain's anatomy because it suggested that key parts of the personality resided in the frontal lobe.
Photo of the brain

Scanning the brain

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