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My Brain Made Me Do It

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The show asks some important questions about how the human brain affects behaviour and how the criminal justice system deals with this information.

Anne-Marie McElroy

McElroy Law

Reconsider just how much control you actually have over your normal day-to-day routine.

Brad Oswald

Winnipeg Free Press

The show asks some important questions about how the human brain affects behaviour and how the criminal justice system deals with this information.

Anne-Marie McElroy

McElroy Law

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The Story

My Brain Made Me Do It explores the intersection between neuroscience and criminal behaviour. Groundbreaking research is shedding light on why some people can’t stop themselves from committing harmful or criminal acts.  This phenomenon is creating new challenges for the justice system and making us re-evaluate the way we sentence, punish, and rehabilitate people for criminal behaviour. 

My Brain Made Me Do It includes surprising stories of people whose behavior has radically changed when their biology has changed due to tumours, accidents, drugs, chemistry, and abuse. What causes a well-respected businessman to wake up one morning and go on a violent shooting rampage? Or a loving father to suddenly become a pedophile at the age of 50? Or a cautious senior to transform into a compulsive gambler?

Featuring neuroscientist, David Eagleman (Director, Center for Science and Law) creator and presenter of the PBS series “The Brain” and narrated by David Suzuki of CBC’s “The Nature of Things”, My Brain Made Me Do It includes an international cast of neuroscientists including Patrick Haggard (Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College, London), Joshua Greene (Professor of Psychology, Harvard University), Joshua W. Buckholtz (Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard University), Jefferey Burns (Professor of Neurology, University of Kansas School of Medicine), Russell Swerdlow (Professor of Neurology, University of Kansas School of Medicine) and Kent A. Kiehl (Professor, University of New Mexico & Director of The Mind Research Network).  

We’ve all heard people say, ‘It was beyond my control’ or ‘I couldn’t stop myself’. We like to think that we’re all ultimately in control of our actions. But how true is this really?

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Duration(s)

CBC Version / DVD - 44 min

International Broadcast Version - 52 min

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Distribution & Educational Sales

Please contact us if you'd like more information.

Not available for distribution.

Production Format: 

For distribution and sales information (World, excluding Canada), please contact Earth Touch.

Educational Sales:

For educational sales (North America), please contact Merit Entertainment Inc.

For educational sales (World, excluding North America), please contact  Earth Touch.

Duration(s)

CBC Version / DVD - 44 min

International Broadcast Version - 52 min

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About The Team

Writer & Director
Ryszard Hunka

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY RYSZARD HUNKA

PRODUCED BY ERNA BUFFIE & MERIT JENSEN CARR

LINE PRODUCED BY SANDRA MOORE

NARRATED BY DAVID SUZUKI

EDITOR GIL TETREAULT

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY KEITH EIDSE

MUSIC SHAWN PIERCE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MERIT JENSEN CARR

Released:
2016