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The Brain with David Eagleman: 5 Why Do I Need You?

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In Episode 5 of the Brain with David Eagleman, we look at how the Brain relies on interactions with other brains in order to grow and develop. We are born with social needs and tendacies, and deprevation of this can lead to significant pshychological issues in which the brain fails to function normally. The pain we feel when we are rejected from a social group is the same neurologically that we experience with pshycial pain. An incredible case study looks at Sarah Shourd who was kept in solitary confinement for over a year when she was captured and imprisoned by the Iranian milatry. This psychological form of torture is designed to starve our brains of information and interaction, the long term effects of which can be very damaging. 

In the second part of the episode, Dr Egaleman also shows us the effects that groups can have on our behaviour, and for every in group there is an out group. This has lead to some of the most dispicable crimes against humanity throughout history from the Holochaust of Nazi Germany to the genocides of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He then looks at some of the precuationary measures we as a society can take to stop such events reocurring. 

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