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Focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic and what it does to our brains and minds, experts are sharing strategies and solutions to get through this difficult time. Discover these and other brain-related health stories including the opioid crisis, memory, depression, stress, what our dogs think of us and more on “Your Fantastic Mind,” an Emmy award-winning television series created through a partnership between Emory Brain Health Center and Georgia Public Broadcasting, with support provided by Southern Company Foundation.

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Season 2, Episode 2

What Our Dogs are Thinking

26 mins

Dr. Greg Berns is an internationally-acclaimed animal neuroscientist and bestselling author. Berns and his team, whose research has been featured on 60 Minutes and National Geographic, were the first in the world to train and scan the brains of awake dogs in a MRI scanner to learn more about how they think and feel. Berns’ groundbreaking research has explored many fascinating questions: Do our dogs love us? Are they jealous? Can they do math? This episode follows several dogs in Berns’ MRI scanner as their owners learn some of the answers to these questions. His long-term work is focused on finding the part of the dog’s brain responsible for their eternally sunny outlook and their ability to easily make friends.

An Unusual Tryout

3 mins

Greg Berns, MD, holds tryouts for dogs to see who will be able to participate in MRIs to help him learn more about what dogs are really thinking.

MRI Results Revealed

3 mins

MRI results are reviewed from a participant and it’s learned the dog’s brain is more active for the prospect of praise than the prospect of food. Dr. Berns also discusses the important reason of studying dogs and their brains.

WEB EXTRA A Life Consumed by Sleep

Nothing he tried had worked. For Sigurjon Jakobsson, the trip to Atlanta with his family was a last-ditch effort to wake up. He had struggled with sleeping excessively for several years before coming from Iceland to see a visionary neurologist, who might have answers.

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Early Onset Alzheimer’s

8 mins

Cecile Bazaz was a high-level banking executive in her 40’s when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. This series profiles Cecile and her family.

Living with Epilepsy

25 mins

Ja'lisa Thomas was pregnant with her first child when she first experienced epileptic seizures. Over the next six years, epilepsy took her ability to work, drive, and live independently. A radical new treatment helped give Ja'Lisa her life back.

The Resilience Gene

4 mins

Scientists at Emory have discovered a gene that accounts for resilience and a sense of well-being. This story profiles two women in a study of 2,000 people from the Grady Trauma Project, which studies people with PTSD.

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