Multimedia Resources

Includes On the Web and In the News links curated by the authors, along with other audio/video content.

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In the News:

Description: These resources and articles accompany the In the News features in this chapter.


Video 1: The Neuroscience of Touch

Description: This video shows you the science of touch.

Video 2: Cutaneous Sensory Information Pathways

Description: Cutaneous receptors and the pathways they take to the central nervous system.

Video 3: The Homunculus

Description: In this video, we get a deeper understanding of this weird model of human sensation.

Video 4: Pain and the Anterolateral System

Description:This video discusses pain and the anterolateral system.

Video 5: The Real Reason the Brain Evolved

Description: Neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert gives us a glimpse into how the brain creates the grace and agility of human motion.

Video 6: How Deep Brain Stimulation works

Description: Here is how researchers are exploring brain stimulation methodologies for treating Parkinson’s disorder.


Audio 1: Brain Matters: The Vestibular System

Description: On this episode of Brain Matters, Dr. Dora Angelaki (Professor andChair of the Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine) talks about her work in the vestibular system which she refers to as our “the sixth sense.”


On the Web 1: C-Span Archived a Recording of Michael J. Fox’s 1999 Testimony before Congress

Description: In this video, he has not taken his daily L-dopa dose and, therefore, is exhibiting “off his L-dopa” symptoms.

On the Web 2: Vestibular Disorders Association

Description: The Vestibular Disorders Association has information about vestibular problems and provides additional resources such as newsletters, books, and videotapes.

On the Web 3: American Pain Foundation/International Association for the Study of Pain

Description: The American Pain Foundation offers information for pain patients, testimonials from people suffering pain from an assortment of causes, and links to numerous other pain sites. The International Association for the Study of Pain has links to more technical resources on pain.

On the Web 4: Searching for Answers/Neuromuscular Disease Center/National Parkinson Foundation/Huntington’s Disease Association/National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Description: In’s Searching for Answers videos, patients and their families describe what it is like to live with Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (or Lou Gehrig’s disease). You can get information about a variety of movement disorders from the Neuromuscular Disease Center, National Parkinson Foundation, Huntington’s Disease Association, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

On the Web 5: Michael J. Fox/News Release

Description: In an interview with Katie Couric, actor Michael J. Fox talks about living with Parkinson’s disease and about his views on stem cell research. A University of Sheffield news release describes the groundbreaking study that screened 2,000 potential drugs for Parkinson’s disease.

On the Web 6: Testing a Prosthetic Arm/Collaboration between Johns Hopkins Medical School and the U.S. Department of Defense DARPA/Hugh Herr Is Using Bioengineering Techniques to Design Prosthetic Limbs

Description: Todd Kuiken is now testing a prosthetic arm that includes sensors and stimulators to provide sensation of touch. A new type of brain-controlled limb replacement, designed in collaboration between Johns Hopkins Medical School and the U.S. Department of Defense DARPA, has been mounted directly to an amputee’s skeleton and can be controlled simply by thought. Finally, Hugh Herr is using bioengineering techniques to design prosthetic limbs that are more natural in design and function.