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Sleepiness [electronic resource] : when your brain has a mind of Its own / Andana Films
Alternate Title When Your Brain Has a Mind of Its Own
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], ©2012
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 Web  QP425 .S679 2012    AVAIL. VIA WEB
Subject(s) Automobile driver education
Biological rhythms
Brain -- Physiology
Organizational behavior
Psychology, Industrial
Sleep disorders
Physical Description 1 online resource (1 video file (52 min.)) : sd., color
Note Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on December 14, 2012
Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware
Contents Drowsiness (2:11) -- Mechanisms of Drowsiness (3:25) -- Brain and Sleep (3:09) -- Sleep (2:39) -- Circadian Rhythm (3:02) -- Light and the Brain (3:04) -- Sleep Problems (3:49) -- Narcolepsy (2:43) -- Mice and Sleep Studies (4:36) -- Human Factor (3:14) -- Fatigue Risk (4:48) -- Other Factors Involved in Drowsiness (3:07) -- Mind Wandering (2:15) -- Monotony and the Brain (1:50) -- Humans Like Machines (1:26) -- Truck Driving in the Electronic Age (2:24) -- How to Stay Awake and Alert (2:54) -- Credits: Sleepiness: When Your Brain Has a Mind of Its Own (0:44)
Summary Although it might not be a crime to operate a motor vehicle when sleep-deprived, the truth is that a drowsy driver is just as dangerous as a drunk one. The impact of sleepiness on young minds in the classroom is alarming, too - and it's staggering to think of the productivity lost when workers nod off on the job. This program looks at how the brain succumbs to sleep and how that process might be better managed, or even prevented, using specially developed tools and treatments. Introducing the concept of hypovigilance while outlining the role of the thalamus in sensory perception and the significance of circadian rhythms in daily life, the film follows the work of accident-analysis experts and visits a lab combining cognitive neuroscience with driving simulators. Meanwhile, a biologist describes his study of "time shifts" and how exposure to various colors, especially blue, can enhance alertness. The result is a fascinating look at the intersection of physiology, neurology, and safety research
Interest Grade Level 6 & up
Language Closed-captioned
Note Title from distributor's description
Alternate Author Andana Films
Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Films Media Group

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