Misbehaving Beautifully: Session 6 at TEDGlobal 2012

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We’re going through a revolution is neuroscience and psychology, gaining new insights into how the brain works, and what happens when parts go wrong. All that insight is producing applications in a crucial area: understanding mental illness. And that understanding is one that holds the promise of removing the massive stigma that accompanies those conditions today. Neuroscientist Sarah Caddick is guest curating Session 6, “Misbehaving Beautifully” to explore and display modern takes on mental health.

Says Caddick, “I wanted to bring in the reality of individuals who have brains that are misbehaving but do so in such a way that people weren’t frightened or didn’t feel pity.” Read more: Sarah Caddick’s Q&A with the TED blog on the idea behind Misbehaving Beautifully >>

In this session:

What does “normal behavior” look like? To find out, Read Montague is imaging thousands of brains at work in the Roanoke Brain Study — which, as he’ll describe in his talk, includes one of the most important parts of brain function: other people.

Elyn Saks is a legal advocate for mentally ill who revealed in her autobiography, The Center Cannot Hold, that she has schizophrenia and now asks bold questions about how society treats people with mental illness.

Ruby Wax is a loud, funny woman–who spent much of her comedy career battling depression in silence. Now her work blends mental health advocacy and laughs. She will tell her story and make a plea to talk far more openly about mental health.

Vikram Patel helps bring better healthcare to low-resource communities — by teaching ordinary people to deliver health and psychiatric services.

Wayne McGregor and his dancers explore the uncharted territory where mind and movement intersect.

Robert Legato creates surprising and creative visual illusions for movies. Robert Legato, visual effects supervisor of “Hugo” and “Titanic” on how he creates illusions.