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Books on Tap: The Tell-Tale Brain

April 7, 2011

The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human by V.S. Ramachandran

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I listened to local KPBS this morning and heard this fascinating interview with V.S. Ramachandran, distinguished professor in the Psychology and Neurosciences Department, UCSD, author of “The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest For What Makes Us HumanDoctor.

The interview will be archived and available by tomorrow. Click here for more.

In his new book, neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran takes us on a tour of some seemingly inexplicable behaviors of the brain. For instance, how can a totally blind person locate a spot of light on a wall? It is in finding answers to these questions that Dr. Ramachandran opens up new ways of understanding consciousness.

Work the doctor did back in the 90s trying to cure phantom pain in amputees has recently been adopted by the US Department of Defense and involves the simple use of mirrors. Now, he believes another kind of mirror, a so-called mirror neuron in the brain, may provide a key to understanding the mystery of autism.

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