Enlightened Machine, The

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Enlightened Machine, The

  • 1984 ----- color ----- 55 min ----- vhs
  • (Brain, The series, Part 1) Reviews historical descriptions of the brain, pointing out how the vocabulary has often involved an analogy with man's latest invention: pump, switchboard, computer. Animation footage colors a model showing established loci in the brain having to do with control of touch, sight, movement, planning. Explains something of how these facts have been determined. Introduces an epileptic child and the concept of epilepsy as an "electrical storm" in the brain. Also examines the effects of Parkinson's, stroke and MS. Shows dancer Agnes de Mille's struggle to come back after a stroke.
  • Topics: (Physiology, Psychology: Developmental, Disability Studies)