Your Fantastic Mind takes viewers on a journey of the final frontier in science, the brain. Mixing cutting edge research with deeply human stories, the show explores every aspect of the brain and mind – from what our dogs think of us, to how we can preserve our memories as we age, to curing depression with experimental deep brain stimulation.  

Episodic Synopses

Episode 1

Episode 1 features the following stories: the epicenter for cutting edge stroke treatment; and the famed Royal Philharmonic Orchestra that came to Atlanta to perform on stage with a few dozen recovering stroke patients.

Episode 2

Episode 2 features epilepsy, highlighting Ja'lisa Thomas who was pregnant with her first child when she first experienced epileptic seizures. Over the next six years, epilepsy took her ability to work, drive, and live independently. A radical new treatment delivered at Emory gave Ja'lisa her life back.

Episode 3

We look at ways the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our brains and minds – the potential short- and long-term neurological effects of the virus, as well as its impact on society and our families.

Episode 4

What Our Dogs are Thinking Internationally-acclaimed animal neuroscientist, Dr. Greg Berns and team were the first in the world to train and scan the brains of awake dogs in a MRI scanner to learn more about how they think and feel.

Episode 5

Stress We investigate the science of stress and how to reduce it, especially in the age of COVID. We explore the research behind meditation and mindfulness and offer ways to implement healing practices.

Episode 6

Depression Millions of Americans have depression, but for some it is persistent and often leads to attempted suicide. We follow a patient who has suffered debilitating depression for a decade, as he has deep brain stimulation surgery to reclaim his life.

Episode 7

Second Chances In this episode, we focus on three separate stories connected by a single thread, each person has been given a second chance at life – from a rare brain cyst to acromegaly, a tumor in the pituitary gland, to a program for adults with autism who are aging out of the system.

Episode 8

Memory 56 mins In this episode, it’s all about the brain and memory. We delve into the science of memory - how it works, how we can retain it and why we lose it.