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The Mind, Episode 3

  • Aging
  • Rating: *****
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $69.95
  • Date: Copyright 1988. Released 1988.
  • Descriptors: Brain. Aging. Gerontology. Mind and body.
  • Production Information: Live action. Produced by Richard Hutton, George Page, Jack Sameth. Color. 60 min.
  • Production Company: WNET (New York) BBC
  • Available from: PBS Video 1320 Braddock Pl. Alexandria, VA 22314-1698 (703)739-5380
  • ISBN: ISBN 1-55951-652-6.
  • Cataloging: 153 Aging||Gerontology
  • Awards: American Film & Video Festival Blue Ribbon, 1989.
  • Print Entry #: 1:535
  • Reviewer: William P. J. Costello

    The Mind, not to be confused with The Brain, (Films Inc, 1984) is a new series from the same creative team reprising the successful formula that makes both series the production standard for the educational video genre.

    Since even biologists and cognitive scientists are still pondering how to differentiate the brain and the mind, it's not surprising to hear most people say "Oh, yes. I saw that series a few years ago." But this is not the same series. The Mind contains these 60-minute episodes: The Search for the Mind, Development, Aging, Addiction, Pain and Healing, Depression, Language, Thinking, and The Violent Mind. The Brain featured these topics: Madness, The Two Brains, States of Mind, Vision and Movement, States and Emotions, The Enlightened Machine, Learning and Memory, and Rhythms and Drives.

    George Page, the executive-in-charge and narrator for both series, skillfully guides the viewer through engaging sequences of succinct setups, expert commentary citing the most current research, and profiles of the individuals behind the statistics and the studies. Page notes that it is important to learn about the aging mind because people in the 85-plus category are the fastest growing age group in the United States. The opening segment of Episode 3: Aging contrasts two 80-year-olds - William Brennan, a vigorous Supreme Court Justice and his chronological peer, "'Hugh B.,' a man who tonight will forget how to return home, who tomorrow may no longer recognize his wife, [a man for whom] the future ended forever last year."

    Both series represent the paragon in educational video with cogent, informative scripts, dramatic profiles, state-of-the-art graphics, precise editing, and an impressive array of scientific researchers and experts. The content is appropriate for secondary school and college students studying human behavior or biology, as wells as public library patrons. Assuming the rest of the episodes in The Mind series are as good as this one and the ones in The Brain, acquisition of both is strongly recommended.

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