Segments in this Video

Human Memory (07:27)


Cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan (BEK) draws connections from his life and the past to create comics. Human consciousness contains two types of memory.

Humor and Ratings (04:59)

The LA Weekly tends to publish cartoons more aligned with BEK's sense of humor. Interpreting a joke requires a myriad of brain functions to happen in an instant.

Sense of Purpose (06:54)

A post-adolescent search for meaning drives BEK. Self-consciousness is not limited to human begins.

Self-awareness and Viewpoint (07:17)

BEK’s balanced cartoons come from a compulsive, all-encompassing worldview. While writing a tribute to his parents, he became hyper aware of his own shortcomings as a father.

Parenting Style (06:26)

BEK's childhood was chaotic; he shares his emotions appropriately with his children. In his memoir, his mother reads as a joyless character which BEK feels is inaccurate.

Influence of Television (05:34)

Television was the primary parent in BEK’s home. His drive to become a successful cartoonist came from an obsession of living the life he saw on the screen.

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I Was a Child

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The New Yorker cartoonist and author of the memoir I Was a Child discusses recollection and humor with a cognitive neuroscientist and memory specialist. Bruce Eric Kaplan, also known as BEK, is an American artist whose single-panel cartoons frequently appear in The New Yorker; he is also a screenwriter and producer. Dr. Barry Gordon is a behavioral neurologist and cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in experimental psychology and neuropsychology. He directs the Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology group in the Department of Neurology, and was the founder of The Memory Clinic and the Mind/Brain Institute at Johns Hopkins.

Length: 39 minutes

Item#: BVL143664

ISBN: 978-1-64198-385-3

Copyright date: ©2015

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