We all harbor secrets. Some are big and bad; some are small and trivial. Researchers have parsed which truths to tell and which not to.
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Literature and Culture in the Age of Neuroscience
DID is often diagnosed later in life because it tends to present covertly at first. It is unlikely you could pick someone with DID out of a crowd.
"The best fakes are still hanging on people's walls."
The McGill Pain Index doesn’t just rate pain. It uses metaphors to categorize it: Pain can flicker, jump, drill, stab, cut, rasp, burn, or shoot.
Reading won't solve climate change. But it can help us lean into the future we have no choice but to face.
Ultimately, it seems to me that content warnings—and arguments about them—are an intellectual response to intensely emotional experiences.
As we come to the end of 2020, with its lockdowns and harsh immigration policies, Sonia Shah's book offers a new perspective for thinking about a future "on the move."
Brainard's method offers a model for documenting personal accounts of the uncertainties, daily realities, and coping strategies that define individual and collective life in 2020.
The neurodiversity movement has burgeoned through grassroots organization—and gradually makes space for itself in government, research, and education.
While debates about whether Dickens "invented" Christmas dominate headlines, another feature of his story gets overlooked—its connection to nineteenth-century magic lantern shows.
Machado's canny insight is that she doesn't overestimate empathy. She uses formal experimentation to extend it into moral and political territory.
Emotions like fear are not hardwired and universal. They're personal (no self, no fear) and cultural. What is universal is danger.
There's no shortage of candidates proposing to help us build a more hospitable collective reality. What can we do to help?
As Walter Benjamin famously asserted, “Death is the sanction for everything that the storyteller can tell.” In the case of the hypochondriac, diagnosis will do.
"I've always been obsessed with the brain, the evanescence of memory . . . how memory forges what we are but also in some ways limits what we are."
When we first began, you asked me to make a commitment to a clear ideal or goal. I chose freedom. It’s a commitment with many tentacles.
The goal of somatics therapy is for people to actually embody what they long to be, to be who they are more wholly, and to heal the split that may be caused by traumatic events.
Savoring stretches an experience out over time. It stretches a pleasurable moment into the near future and it stays with us for a long time.
LGBTQ-affirming healthcare understands the psychological, psychosocial, and physical ramifications of being part of a specific community.
Not all amnesia stories are created equal. In the right hands, an amnesia story can become a sophisticated reflection on memory.
It wasn’t until I was about 40 that I realized my body is almost always on constant alert — and that I was a little tired of it. Somatics gave me options.
I believed in both literature’s transformative effects and the doctrine of “presuming competence” when encountering cognitive disability.
Reading is a human invention, made possible by pre-existing brain systems devoted to representing shapes, sound, and speech.
I feel most people take their senses for granted and think they already know everything about them, we rarely appreciate their complexity.
The “you are your brain” / “you are not your brain” debate is possible because of the paradox created by rapid advances in the neurosciences that raise more questions than answers.
The stories behind these headlines share an often-overlooked quality: They require readers to make guesses and draw conclusions about other people's intentions.
We talk about our inner lives. We wonder what would happen if people could see into our minds. Consciousness, we imagine, is to be found somewhere inside us.
A nonspeaking young man dreams of autistic civil rights: "Inclusion should not be a lottery."
Personal stories need to be part of medical education, to have real human context to balance the hard clinical aspects of health care. That’s especially true with mental illness.
"My book comes from the point of view of someone who lives this – not a therapist or researcher, but someone inside the experience. Someone on the team."
These writers portray fantasies of finding the ethereal self in physical brains–by dissecting brains, holding them, prodding, examining, or eating them.
Jason Tougaw is the author of The Elusive Brain: Literary Experiments in the Age of Neuroscience (Yale UP) and The One You Get: Portrait of a Family Organism (Dzanc Books).