January 13, 2008

Neuroscience vs Psychiatry

Been seeing a few different TED talks tonight... this one by neuroscientist, Vilayanur Ramachandran (VR) is fascinating.
(It) explores how brain damage can reveal the connection between the internal structures of the brain and the corresponding functions of the mind. He talks about phantom limb pain, synesthesia (when people hear color or smell sounds), and the Capgras delusion, when brain-damaged people believe their closest friends and family have been replaced with imposters.

I had previously blogged about VR's research, which I had learned about
while watching Secrets of the Mind, an episode of PBS's great science program Nova.

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