Brain injuries typically lead to a loss of function. But sometimes people manage to recover fully, and some even develop new skills and personality traits. This raises the question: How much brain tissue do we really need to function normally?
It is possible to acquire extraordinary cognitive skills after brain injury. But it is, of course, unwise to bang your head against a wall and hope you do it the right way and become a genius. But there are other shortcuts to develop extraordinary skills without engaging in any kind of wild and risky behaviors.
Brain trauma more often causes a decrease in libido. However, sometimes it causes an increase in libido, as in the case of Alissa, a 23-year-old who suffered a car accident, and Heather, a 43-year-old who suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage.
On Friday, September 13, 2002, Jason Padgett was attacked by two men as he was leaving a karaoke bar. He was struck twice on the back of the head and lost consciousness for a few moments. Afterwards he developed remarkable abilities. Jason's story is unique. But there are other less known cases of people who develop extraordinar abilities following brain injury or disease.
It’s a common belief that if you want to appear slimmer than you actually are, you should wear clothes with vertically stripes. The classical pinstriped business suit would be an example of this sort of clothing masquerading a few extra pounds. It turns out that this folk belief is fundamentally wrong.
Setting in around age seven, childhood amnesia involves the sudden deletion of previous memories. The process underlying this phenomenon is also known as "pruning." While adult memory doesn't usually get lost during pruning processes, the lack of pruning tends to make the adult brain less flexible. A recent study, however, shows that there may be exceptions to this insight
For some young adults, it's difficult to decide which major to choose. Math? Biology? Psychology? English? There is an obvious way to resolve this problem: Major in philosophy. Philosophy is the only major that can guarantee high GRE, MCAT, LSAT, and GMAT scores.
You are not born an introvert or an extravert, a conscientious prude or a stupid risk-taker. The brain organizes itself in a particular way as a result of life experiences, and that organization can radically change.
“I believe I am living proof that these powers lie dormant in all of us,” Jason Padgett writes in Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Released today.
About ten percent of autistic individuals have savant syndrome. This is difficult to explain on the fairly commonly accepted hypothesis that people with autism have less brain connectivity than normal folks. The left-hemisphere hypothesis explains the extraordinary skills in autism by pointing to data showing an asymmetry between their brain's right and left hemispheres.
A new hypothesis published in Frontiers in Neuroscience suggests that there might be a connection between atypical functioning of the immune system and synesthesia, a condition in which sensory or cognitive channels that normally are separate blend and lead to unusual, mixed sensory experiences or thoughts.
Patrick Fagerberg had been working as a lawyer for 13 years when he was hit by a 30-foot steel camera boom. This incident would change his life forever. Though he had never had any interest in the arts, he developed a sudden talent for painting and recently signed a contract with a major gallery.
The current model of twinning suggests that twinning typically takes place two weeks after conception. This model has been used in defenses of the morality of contraception, stem cell research and IVF. Recent research suggests an alternative model, according to which twinning occurs around the time of conception. The new model, however, is not supported by the evidence.
Lightning results from a negative charge in the clouds that causes the ground to become positively charged, pulling the electrons toward it at a great force. When struck by lightning, people usually either die or suffer long-term negative consequences. However, in rare cases being struck by lightning can unlock the genius within.