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Little Matter of Gender, A: Beautiful Minds 3

Synopsis
The human brain is the most mysterious piece of matter on earth. 100 thousand millions neurons determine who we are, and what we do. But it’s only now, in the 21st century, that brain scanning technologies enable scientists to watch this peculiar thing in our head while it is actually thinking.

Among scientists’ most fascinating subjects of study are a small group of mysterious individuals with astounding talents: the so called savants, or "Knowing Ones". Savants can multiply 5-digit numbers without a calculator, they can speak a dozen languages, recite 12,000 books from memory or, like Temple Grandin, see the world as an animal does. Over half of the savants are autistic and 6 out of 7 of them are male. Experts all over the world are now asking: How big is this little difference between male and female brains? Are women better human beings? Is the male brain in some way defective? Perhaps gender could be the key to the savant’s capacity for genius. (53 minutes)
Series
Beautiful Minds
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2007
Year of production
2006
Subjects
Biology; Psychology
Keywords
autism; brain; brain imaging; neurology; gender differences; scientific investigation; savants; genius

Online availability

URI
http://www.firstscience.tv/sc/view/a-little-matter-of-gender-5beautiful-minds-35-19.html
Price
$2.99 (FS)
Delivery
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Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£20.00 (ES)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
52 minutes
Year
2007

Production Company

Name

Colourfield International

Sponsor

Name

ARTE France

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STACI
ARTE Boutique 1610
B.P. 59124 - 95074 Cergy Pontoise
France
Notes
An extensive range of programmes broadcast on the French Arte channel, relating to art and culture. Most are only available in French, but some have English audio or subtitles. Sale on Region 2 PAL DVD.

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Name

Electric Sky

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Phone
01273 224 240
Fax
01273 224 250
Address
1 Clifton Mews
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A company specialising in quality factual television programmes, some of which are available for sale on DVD.
Name

FirstScience

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