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On the edges of the mind

Nerve cells have long tails called dendrites which transmit electrochemical stimulations. Credit: Creative Commons Attribution BY 2.5 / Hermann Cuntz
Nerve cells have long tails called dendrites which transmit electrochemical stimulations. Credit: Creative Commons Attribution BY 2.5 / Hermann Cuntz

This December, Horizon talks to scientists who are drawing lines between free will and genetic disposition, differentiating between feeling and thinking, unlocking how our brains process placebo drugs, and even defining the grey area between consciousness and unconsciousness in comatose patients.