Vilayanur Ramachandran

The neurons that shaped civilization

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Filmed Jan 2009 at TEDIndia 2009
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Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which formed the foundations of human civilization as we know it.

Vilayanur Ramachandran
/ Brain expert

Neurologist V.S. Ramachandran looks deep into the brain’s most basic mechanisms. By working with those who have very specific mental disabilities caused by brain injury or stroke, he can map functions of the mind to physical structures of the brain.  Full bio.

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