BOSTON (December 6, 2006)–WGBH Boston Video will debut Puzzling Minds on DVD January 16, 2007. Comprised of three NOVA documentaries, this boxed set investigates some of the mind’s deepest mysteries.
Mind of a Serial Killer
The Boston Strangler. The Son of Sam. Jeffrey Dahmer. Scared, yet? Every time a serial killer hits, it touches a deep collective nerve of fear–in part because his grisly acts so defy comprehension. Or do they? Step behind the scenes at the FBI’s Investigative Support Unit, where psychological detectives race against time to penetrate the minds and emotions of the most elusive of murderers. Using state-of-the-art science, elite investigators tease apart crime scene evidence and scrutinize victim profiles to construct an astonishingly accurate personality print of the perpetrator–and a good guess as to how and when he’ll make his next move.
Secret of the Wild Child
In 1970, social workers in Los Angeles discovered a modern day “wild child.” “Genie” had been locked in a room in social isolation for most of her 13 years–she was severely under-developed, unable to talk and barely able to walk. At the time of her discovery, a debate raged over a hypothesis describing a critical period of language acquisition, but because no one would ever intentionally deprive a child of language for science, it seemed impossible to prove. NOVA probes this strange and riveting story of a “forbidden experiment” as doctors tried to unravel this linguistic riddle.
Secrets of the Mind
A blind man can see. Another feels pain in his missing arm. One believes he’s God. Are their thoughts real&or just “in their heads?” Meet pioneering brain detective V.S. Ramachandran, hailed as “the Sherlock Holmes of neuroscience,” as he tackles four mysterious cases armed with such tools as mirrors, cotton swabs, an insatiable mind and a keen sense of humor. Explore the power of the mind in pain control. See how frightening seizures result in unbelievable intense spiritual experiences. Then, discover how findings learned from brain injuries help us learn about the normal brain.
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Since its launch, WGBH Boston Video has released many critically acclaimed public television programs on DVD and video, including the Emmy Award-winning The Miracle Of Life and The Elegant Universe (NOVA), The French Chef with Julia Child, David Copperfield (Masterpiece Theatre), The Joy of Stress, Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, Sister Wendy’s American Collection, Evolution, and Africans In America. Recent releases include The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (Mystery!), Degrassi Junior High, Origins (NOVA), They Made America, and Building Big with David Macaulay.