Synopsis

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: a former NFL player with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy; video-gaming addiction; and a 22-year-old musician who was born with a rare genetic disorder called tuberous sclerosis.

Episode 2

Episode 2 features the following stories: a man almost beaten to death in a home invasion that left him with severe traumatic brain injury; using tango as an effective exercise to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease; and a woman who uses botulinum toxin injections to combat a rare disease known as blepharospasm.

Episode 3

Episode 3 features the following stories: a young man who has awake brain surgery to remove a tumor; how Swedish massage therapy reduces depression and anxiety; and how exercise can make your brain younger.

Episode 4

Episode 4 features the following stories: longtime political radio correspondent Jamie Dupree who lost his voice due to a rare disorder called voice dystonia and his journey to speak again; and the use of humanities in psychiatry residency as a way to make better doctors.

Episode 5

Episode 5 features the following stories: the sleeping condition hypersomnia and a young man from Iceland who is looking for a cure; former NFL player Kerry Goode who was diagnosed with ALS; and scientists at Emory who have discovered a gene that accounts for resilience and a sense of well-being.

Episode 6

Episode 6 features the following stories: a high-level banking executive in her 40’s who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, including factors that can prevent or delay this disease; and the story of two children, one with autism and one typical-learning, who are best friends.

Episode 7

Episode 7 features the following stories: a researcher at Emory who has found freezing a hunger nerve in the brain can help people lose weight; and research showing incivility in the workplace reduces your cognitive ability to do your job.

Episode 8

Episode 8 features the science of migraines, highlighting a college soccer player who suffers from hemiplegic migraines and her search for a treatment.

Episode 9

Episode 9 features the following stories: a man born with a rare genetic disorder that caused him to lose his ability to speak called Pank2; the choices patients face when they find out they have a brain aneurysm; and two patients who live with OCD on a daily basis.

Episode 10

Episode 10 features the following stories: what happens in the brain to cause sleep apnea, the second leading cause of sleep issues; a reporter with no known issues who decides to take a look inside his own head; and three brothers who lost their father to Alzheimer’s.

Episode 11

Episode 11 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 12

Episode 12 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 13

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 14

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 15

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 16

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 17

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 18

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.