About The "Talking Head"
  • To control video playback, click the player button in the bottom-left of the screen. Using the player, you can pause or mute the video.
  • In the player panel, you can leave a public comment at any point in the video (these won't receive replies - so it's mainly just for you).
  • To view a video’s transcript, click on the transcript button on the panel on the left.
  • Clicking on a node in the mindmap will take you to that section and either play another video, or open a panel on the right, containing supplementary information (for example, the glossary or literature).
  • If you would like to view the interactive anatomical feature, click on the ‘view the brain’ button at the top of the page.
  • The ‘show full mind-map’ button at the top of the page displays the entire Talking Head mindmap. You can click on the nodes to go to another section or view another any of the videos.

This interactive website focuses on a series of short lectures addressing a big question: ‘What is a mind?’. The lectures introduce the question as a whole and then break it into component questions, which concern essential constituents of the mental.

The format of the website enables users to utilise the accessible lectures as a point of entry into the vast body of scientific and scholarly literature that encompasses current knowledge about the nature of the mind. Users are invited to use the lectures as a basis for exploring, through multiple portals, the many intellectual themes that are touched on by the lectures, and to trace links between them. These themes are organised according to different categories in both the humanities and the natural sciences (philosophical, psychoanalytical, anatomical, etc). Users may click on any of the multiple icons -- which appear in an associative network around the ‘talking head’ of the lecturer -- in order to pursue individual lines of interest. This enables various specialist knowledge bases to be explored in as much depth as the individual user desires, through multi-media material. The icons are in turn interlinked, ultimately leading users to selected material beyond our tailored, introductory network. Other functionality includes the possibility of online interaction among users and between them and the hosts of our site.
For all queries related to the Talking Head website:
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Project Head:
Professor Mark Solms

Mark Solms (born 1961, Lüderitz, Namibia) is a psychoanalyst and a neuropsychologist. He is a Professor in Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town and the President of the South African Psychoanalytical Association. He is also Research Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association and Science Director of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Mark Solms
Research Team:
Ross Balchin
Aimee Dollman
Coenraad Hattingh
Mark Solms
Assisted by:
Centre of Innovation in Learning and Teaching, UCT, producers of the MOOC What is a Mind? (hosted by Futurelearn).
Hosted by:
The Neuropsychoanalysis Association

Funded by:
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York City in the United States, is a private foundation with five core areas of interest, endowed with wealth accumulated by Andrew W. Mellon of the Mellon family of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In Association with:
The University of Cape Town

Designed and Developed by:
Formula D Interactive

Formula D Interactive
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Dorsal Columns of PAG
Ventral Columns of PAG
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Talking Head
What is a mind?
An interactive audiovisual introduction to the mind
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