A commission by TED to make what would become a series of animated films for the TED Education initiative.

TED-Ed pairs inspirational educators with creative filmmakers to fuel TED’s belief that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world.


TED-Ed — Sugar
A lesson by Nicole Avena Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Psychology from Princeton University

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice.

This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine – an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more.

Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.

What is Alzheimer’s disease?
A lesson by Ivan Seah Yu Jun

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, affecting over 40 million people worldwide. And though it was discovered over a century ago, scientists are still grappling for a cure.

Ivan Seah Yu Jun describes how Alzheimer’s affects the brain, shedding light on the different stages of this complicated, destructive disease.

What Is Love?
A lesson by Brad Troeger

Is love a signal winding through your neural pathways? A cliche? A cult? Love is easy to compare but difficult to define, maybe because we’re fundamentally biased; we try to define love while falling in or out of it. And love feels differently to every person who feels it, but this subjective emotion has evolutionary explanations, too.

Brad Troeger takes a shot at the definition of love.

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