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                     The 5th Dementia - a documentary

                                           Serene Meshel-Dillman

                                        22 October 2020



Serene Meshel-Dillman delivers a documentary on The 5th Dementia, a diverse band featuring former professionals who now struggle to remember anything at all due to illnesses: Alzheimer's, Dementia, Parkinson's. When the music starts, these men and women, leading lives with almost no social interaction, dive right into songs from their generation without a single page of sheet music. Memories otherwise entirely unreachable are unlocked. Through uniquely personal stories, from inspiring daily triumphs to the sobering toll of slow mental decline, viewers of The 5th Dementia Documentary will see an emotional, revealing look at this inexplicable phenomena. See the film's trailer and watch the Q&A with the filmmaker on the CNSeminars YouTube Channel.

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                                   The use & misuse of in silico lesion-deficit mapping

                                         Parashkev Nachev, University College London

                                         1 October 2020



Once thought to require nothing more sophisticated than mass-univariate statistics, lesion-deficit mapping is increasingly recognized to be amongst the most complex problems in neuroscience. Its distinctive strength, inference to neural necessity, is paradoxically the source of its greatest vulnerability: dependence on the parameterisation of the lesioned brain as a whole, at least whereas nearly everywhere- the lesions are large in proportion to the mapped substrate. Such dependence violates the foundational assumptions of mass-univariate analysis, voiding its conclusions of all force. First demonstrated by combining simulated functional ground truths with real lesion data, it is a vulnerability some have tried to rectify through the same in silico approach, retaining the mass-univariate framework it has revealed to be critically deficient. Dr Nachev discusses what simulations can and cannot licitly do here, and sketches out a path to evaluating the high-dimensional multivariate models that lesion-deficit mapping will always require, whether we like it or not.

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                                           My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of                                             Dr Marian Diamond

                                         Gary Weimberg & Catherine Ryan

                                         27 August 2020


How can you not fall in love with a woman who carries around a preserved human brain inside a giant flowery hat box? Meet Dr Marian Diamond, a renowned academic and research scientist, and prepare to be smitten. Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg’s film follows this remarkable woman over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to both her many scientific accomplishments and the warm, funny, and thoroughly charming woman herself, who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.” See the film's trailer and watch the Q&A with the filmakers on the CNSeminars YouTube Channel.

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                                   This House believes that Russia has contributed the 

                                         most to Asphasiology

                                         For: Dr Olga Dragoy, Moscow, Russia

                                         Against: Dr Leo Bonilha, South Carolina, USA

                                         24 July 2020



Hear two asphasiology experts, Dr Olga Dragoy and Dr Leo Bonilha, debate on whether Russia has contributed the most to this field of research. See which expert you believe won the debate. 


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