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Dara O'Briain's Science Club features Professor Barbara Sahakian

In the fifth episode of this six part science series, Dara O Briain and his crack team of experts take a weird and wonderful look at the brain.

Dara traces the brain's journey from a useless organ once ditched by Egyptian embalmers to the centre of  everything that makes us human. Science journalist Alok Jha asks whether smart drugs really make you brainier and discusses the latest research with Cambridge Neuroscientist, Professor Barbara Sahakian from the Department of Psychiatry. Oceanographer Helen Czerski explores cutting edge therapies allowing the brain to control limbs remotely and materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes apart a smart phone.

Combining lively and in-depth studio discussion, with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, Dara O Briain's Science Club takes a single subject each week and examines it from lots of different and unexpected angles from sex to extinction, Einstein to space exploration and brain chemistry to music. It brings some of the world's foremost thinkers together to share their ideas on everything, from how to avoid asteroid impact to whether or not we are still evolving.

This episode also featured Professor Uta Frith who is one of the plenary speakers at the Festival of Neuroscience in April 2013.

You can watch the entire episode on iPlayer (Professor Barbara Sahakian is interviewed approximately 52 minutes into the programme).

Posted on 10/12/2012

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