Season 11, Episode 1 Changing Your Mind

First Aired: November 21, 2000

Host Alan Alda explores “the malleability of the human brain” in this episode. In one segment, Alda's a sleep researcher's subject for an experiment exploring why dreams make sense. His memory is tested in another. And in a third, he's blinded for a few hours, while another subject is blinded for 100 hours. This test's purpose: to determine if brains can be “rewired.” Also examined: the case of a woman born with a damaged left hemisphere. The other half of her brain, it seems, has compensated for it.

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  • Premise: Science, technology and nature are examined with insight, humor and an eye on the practical, with smartly paced reports on such subjects as the big-bang theory, robots, the relationship between stress and illness, and whether we are alone in the universe.… (more)

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