A History of the Brain is a History Documentary programme that first aired in 2011.


A History of the Brain (2011)

Dr Geoff Bunn's ten-part History of the Brain is a journey through 5000 years of our understanding of this complex organ in our heads. From Neolithic times to the present day, he reveals the contemporary beliefs about what the brain is for and how it fulfils its functions. While referencing the core physiology and neuroscience, this is a cultural, not a scientific history. What soon becomes obvious is that our understanding of this most inscrutable organ has in all periods been coloured by the social and political expedients of the day no less than by the contemporary scope of scientific or biological exploration. episode 6: The Beast Within, focuses on localisation. Following a macabre accident when an iron rod shot through his head, Phineas Gage, a mild-mannered railway worker in Vermont, became capricious and profane.

Genre: History Documentary

Running Time: 30 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2011

When is A History of the Brain next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC Radio 4 Extra November 19th, 2:15pm and on BBC Radio 4 Extra November 20th, 2:15am. See more...