The Story of Maysoon Zayid

5 01 2014

“I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time,” Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. (Really, it’s hilarious.) “I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali.” With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.

Writer, actor, comedian, Maysoon Zayid is the co-founder of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival. Do not miss this great lecture.

To see this lecture click HERE

Depression, the secret we share

21 12 2013

A must see Ted Lecture by Andrew Solomon about depression:


Andrew Solomon

The Neuroscience of Sleep

2 09 2013

This time I want to offer you an opportunity to hear a great lecture by Russell Foster about the The Neuroscience of Sleep. To see his speech click HERE. Enjoy!

“a sane reaction to insane circumstances”

11 08 2013

To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn’t know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.

Eleanor Longden overcame her diagnosis of schizophrenia to earn a master’s in psychology and demonstrate that the voices in her head were “a sane reaction to insane circumstances.


To see & hear her talk at TED click HERE



Identifying Autism in Early Months

11 02 2013

Here is a 20 minutes lecture by Dr. Ami Klin,  an award-winning autism spectrum disorder researcher that is talking about autism and   new avenues for early diagnosis. I hope that you will find it interesting & helpful.

Dr. Ami Klin

“What I’ve learned from my brothers with autism”

3 11 2012

Faith Jegede tells the moving and funny story of growing up with her two brothers, both persons with autism, and both extraordinary. In this talk from the TED Talent Search, she reminds us to pursue a life beyond what is normal. Enjoy!


  Writer Faith Jegede

The Healing Power of Music

6 10 2012

Here is a very interesting lecture by Dr. Gupta about a subject that I am not quite familiar with: Music Therapy. While I love and appreciate good music, I did not realize the significant effect of music in treatment and rehabilitation processes. I think that some of you will find it interesting and helpful:

Violinist Robert Vijay Gupta joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 19. He made his solo debut, at age 11, with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. He has a Master’s in music from Yale. But his undergraduate degree? Pre-med. As an undergrad, Gupta was part of several research projects in neuro- and neurodegenerative biology. He held Research Assistant positions at CUNY Hunter College in New York City, where he worked on spinal cord neuronal regeneration, and at the Harvard Institutes of Medicine Center for Neurologic Diseases, where he studied the biochemical pathology of Parkinson’s disease.

Gupta is passionate about education and outreach, both as a musician and as an activist for mental health issues. He has the privilege of working with Nathaniel Ayers, the brilliant, schizophrenic musician featured in “The Soloist,” as his violin teacher.

Dr. Robert Vijay Gupta