TV, Podcasts & Articles
TV & video
Soft Science, Claude Bajada’s FameLab finale
Claude made the Malta FameLab finals (his home country) with his talk about the thalamus, Parkinson’s disease, and how science can cure it. Well done, Claude!!
Fry’s Planet Word: Babel, BBC2
September 2011 - Stephen Fry visits the Birkbeck-UCL Neuroimaging Centre (BUCNI) for a brain scan run by Prof. Cathy Price and Dr. Joseph Devlin. While in the scanner he is performing a Just a Minute task speaking about MRI to investigate how language workds in the brain, and specifically how the brain monitors and controls what language we use. The sequence occured over two episodes:
First aired in Fry’s Planet Word: Babel, 25 September 2011 on BBC2.
First aired in Fry’s Planet Word: Uses and Abuses, 9 October 2011 on BBC2.
20 January 2011 - Julia, a patient with anomia following a stroke, speaks with Prof. Cathy Price about her language difficulties. Julia participates in an fMRI scan and Prof. Price discusses what it shows about her deficit.
The One Show, BBC1
22 February 2010 - Dr. Michael Mosley visits with Joe to talk about how neuroscientists began working out which brain regions contribute to different behaviours. We discuss P. Paul Broca’s seminal insights into localization and then demonstrate Broca’s area involvement in speech production with Michael using TMS to disrupt my speech.
Bang Goes the Theory, BBC1
14 September 2009 - Liz Bonnin visits the lab to talk about the evolution of human language and together we use TMS to demonstrate the importance of Broca’s area in the ability to produce speech.
Why Reading Matters, BBC 4
9 February 2009 - Rita Carter investigates the importance of reading and how its loss can affect patients with brain damage. Prof. Cathy Price, Dr. Alex Leff and I scan a patient with an acquired reading disorder to illustrate how damage to specific parts of the brain can hav dramatic effects on one’s ability to read.
Blood & guts: Fixing faces, BBC 4
10 September 2008 - Dr. Michael Mosley visited the Birkbeck-UCL Neuroimaging (BUCNI) centre where he participated in an fMRI experiment examining his neural responses to normal and disfigured faces. Joe Devlin and Brad Duchaine host his visit.
Blood & guts: A history of surgery — Into the brain, BBC 4
20 August 2008 - Dr. Michael Mosley visited the lab to experience the principle of cortical localisation first hand — literally. Joe introduces him to TMS and illustrates the effects of stimulation the hand motor cortex.
The making of me — Vanesse Mae, BBC 1
7 August 2008 - Vanessa Mae was interested in whether her musical abilities were primarily due to nature or nurture and as part of her investigation, comes to the lab to begin her journey by considering the specific relation between her brain and her musical ability. Joe introduces her to TMS and discusses the relation between several brain regions involved in musicality.
Podcasts & articles
February 2014. In this nature podcast, Kerri Smith explores whether Cognitive Neuroscience systematically excludes a significant portion of the population — namely left-handers. She speaks with Joe Devlin about and the section starts at 0:50s.
The Great BBQ Debate: Charcoal or gas?, 20 July 2013
‘Miming’ brain helps humans learn how to speak, 13 May 2013
Richard Gray came to visit us to talk about the evolution of human language and how we use Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to investigate this.
Reading Minds, Cosmos Magazine
21 August 2012 – Visualising the way our brains work when we read is letting neuroscientists listen in on our thoughts, and could lead to breakthrough treatments and improved control of prosthetic limbs..
3 November 2010 - Would you let your brain be temporarily switched off? Joe Devlin, a neuroscientist at UCL, regularly does this to willing volunteers as part of his research into the neurological basis of language, using a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation. He talks to the Wellcome Trust’s Daniel Glaser about what zapping the brain can tell us about the workings of our grey matter.
The Amazing Brain, The Daily Telegraph
31 March 2010 - Science reporter Richard Gray talks about what transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can tell us about the brain. He specifically mentions an article by Keith Duncan in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience where we used TMS to temporarily interfere with reading.
26 March 2010 - Joe was the winner of the Brain Zone of IAS — an interactive, web based program designed to engage secondary school students in the UK with real-life scientists. It was two weeks of answering a huge range of questions, doing live chats with classes, and daily eviction votes. It was also great fun.
The day I had my brain switched off, The Times
4 February 2010 - Time reporter Hannah Devlin (no relation) visits to the lab to experience first hand how TMS can be used to induce speech arrest and discusses how how TMS is helping to explore the manner in which our brains use produce and comprehend language.
July 2009 - Joe Devlin helps answer questions about science on the BBC’s newest science-engagement project.
19 February 2009 - Joe Devlin talks about some of the potential benefits of moving to high field standing wave fMRI scanners. Click to go to Nature’s podcast page or to listen to it directly:
Are those brain-training gadgets really any good? Article in the Daily Mail
28 October 2008 - Lucy Elkins investigates whether Brain Training products live up to the hype.
Karl Pilkington visit
18 March 2008 - Karl Pilkington takes his brain on a journey to learn about learning. As part of the trip, he came into the lab for a brain scan and talks about the experience in his book, Karlology: What I’ve Learned So Far. Note that both Hugo Spiers and I make a brief appearence in the chapter about his brain.
26 April 2007 - Joe Devlin and Kerri Smith discuss a paper by Nina Dronkers and colleagues where they scanned the original brains studied by Pierre Paul Broca. Starts approximately 6:28s into the podcast:
Also, see the commentary in Nature.
Science Podcast, Bilingual brain
9 June 2006 - Prof. Cathy Price discusses her paper in Science showing that the head of the left caudate nucleus is involved in switching between languages in bilingual speakers. Starts approximately 15:55s into the podcast:
BBC Radio 4 “Mind Reading” program
June 2004 - Prof. John Carey discusses the neural basis of reading with Dr. Joseph Devlin: