Secrets of How We Learn explores the way our experiences shape our minds and bodies as we make the journey from the most helpless to the most sophisticated organism on earth. Twin physicians Dr Chris and Dr Xand van Tulleken uncover how we develop new skills; whether performing death defying tricks on a bicycle, or simply learning to walk. They reveal the unexpected link between our heartbeat and our ability to talk. They explain why we have surprisingly few recollections from our early childhoods. And they show, for the very first time, how memories are formed in our brains and how our experiences continue to change our bodies and even our genes themselves throughout our lives.

Secrets of How We Learn combines cutting edge science and technology with pioneering photography and visual effects to show us the human body like we’ve never seen it before.
 

Credits (Click to expand)

Presented by

DR CHRIS VAN TULLEKAN & DR XAND VAN TULLEKAN

With Thanks to

SHELAGH STEPHENSON “FIVE KINDS OF SILENCE (1996)”

PROFESSOR BILL RICHARDSON

PROFESSOR HEIDI JOHANSEN-BERG

DR JONATHAN LEE

PROFESSOR ALI TRAVASSOLI

BELLEVILLE WIX ACADEMY

Archive

ERIC KANDEL

JOSEPH RAYMAN

HARSHAD VISHWASRAO

HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF NEURAL SCIENCE

PROFESSOR BEN BARRES STANFORD UNIVERSITY

KINO

SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

SPIN COMMUNICATIONS

Academic Consultants for the Open University

DR CLAIRE ROSTRON

DR KERRY MURPHY

Composer

SEGUN AKINOLA

Directors of Photography

PATRICK ACUM

KEVIN WHITE

TOM HAYWARD

Specialist Photography

ROBBIE MEADE

TIM BROWNING

Sound

STUART THOMPSON

JAMES KENNING

ANDREW GARRISON

PHIL BAX

STUDIO UNIT

Production Designer

JO MANSER

Gaffer

CHRISTIAN HAYES

Additional Camera

ANDY MUNDY-CASTLE

Runners

LUIS FARINHA

IMAHN ROBERTSON

Casting Producers

SASCHA OLOFSON

MICHELLE FRASER

Studio Producer

BARNEY NEWMAN

Studio Director

MARTIN JOHNSON

Visual Effects

JELLYFISH PICTURES

Colourist

ROSS BAKER

Online Editor

ROB GRAINGER

Dubbing Mixer

DANNY FINN

Development

MAGS LIGHTBODY

ADRIANA TIMCO

Commissioning Editor

CRAIG HUNTER

Production Executive

LAURA DAVEY

Archive Producer

REBECCA HICKIE

Production Coordinator

LAURA KENNEDY

Jnr Production Manager

FRANCESCA BASSETT

Line Producer

GISELLE CORBETT

Assistant Producer

ROSS KIRBY

Film Editors

DARREN JONUSAS ASE

SAM BILLINGE

Executive Producer

ANDREW COHEN

Series Producer

NIGEL PATERSON

Produced and Directed by

PENNY PALMER

A BBC Open University Partnership

BBC Studios

The Open University

A BBC Studios Production for BBC and PBS

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