TORONTO, Jan. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - From January 20-25 TVO explores what makes humans tick with Mysteries of the Mind, a brain-boosting collection of current affairs, documentary and online content exploring the human mind. Dr. Norman Doidge, psychiatrist and best-selling author of The Brain that Changes Itself will host the week offering context for topics covered in each program.
"Many of the biggest questions about the brain remain open questions," says Dr. Doidge. "How far can we go in training the brain to help better regulate our emotions, our health, and even become smarter, and what is the relationship between mind and brain? TVO's Mysteries of the Mind provides an exploration into the workings of the human mind unparalleled in the Canadian media landscape, engaging Ontarians in a week-long conversation about who we are, and literally, what we are made of."
TVO's flagship current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin will anchor Mysteries of the Mind with five nights of discussion about the latest research on neuroscience. The week kicks off with a look at neuroplasticity and how humans can train their brains. Other topics during the week include mining the unconscious brain, the integration of the brain with technology, and a look at conditions like dementia, Alzheimer's and autism and what can be done to ensure brain health from cradle to grave. Dr. Doidge will set the scene for each night's discussion introducing the conventional thinking on the evening's topic before a broader panel analysis.
Mysteries of the Mind also features several North American premieres of mind-expanding documentaries. Highlights include: Redesign My Brain (January 20-22 at 9 pm) which puts neuroplasticity to the test as Canadian-born Australian presenter Todd Sampson undergoes a radical brain makeover; Brain Doctors (January 20-22 at 10 pm) follows surgeons at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital as they carry out high-risk operations on the body's most complex, delicate and important organ; Memory (January 21 at 7 pm) explores how memory works; Automatic Brain (January 22 & 23 at 7 pm) looks at the unconscious brain.
Feature-length documentaries include the North American premiere of Ruputure: Living with My Broken Brain (January 23 at 10 pm) in which actress Maryam d'Abo (The Living Daylights) recounts her journey of recovery from a brain hemorrhage and also features stories of survival from music legend Quincy Jones, jazz guitar virtuoso Pat Martino, and novelist James Fox. The week of brain-themed documentaries concludes with the Canadian Premiere of The Genius of Marian (January 25 at 9 pm), an intimate portrait of how Alzheimer's impacts one family.
All of TVO's on-air content can also be viewed online at the Mysteries of Mind website at tvo.org/mysteriesofthemind. Mysteries of the Mind online is also the destination for access to web-exclusive content such as a Q&A with Dr. Doidge, an interactive active graphic exploring the brain, and brain-bending games. Mysteries of the Mind online will also be your gateway to TVOParents content covering a broad range of topics relating to child brain development and mental health.
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.
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For further information: Media contact: Paul Ginis, TVO Public Relations Specialist, 416-484-2600 x2445, [email protected]