brain http://wamc.org en "The Tale Of The Dueling Neurosurgeons" By Sam Kean http://wamc.org/post/tale-dueling-neurosurgeons-sam-kean <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Early studies of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike -- strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, horrendous accidents -- and see how victims coped. In many cases their survival was miraculous, if puzzling. Observers were amazed by the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed, altering victims' personalities. Parents suddenly couldn't recognize their own children. Pillars of the community became pathological liars. Some people couldn't speak but could still sing.</p><p>In <em>The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons</em>, <a href="http://www.samkean.com/">Sam Kean</a> travels through time with stories of neurological curiosities: phantom limbs, Siamese twin brains, viruses that eat patients' memories, blind people who see through their tongues.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90240 at http://wamc.org "The Tale Of The Dueling Neurosurgeons" By Sam Kean "Smarter: The New Science Of Building Brain Power" By Dan Hurley http://wamc.org/post/smarter-new-science-building-brain-power-dan-hurley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Expanding upon one of the most-read New York Times Magazine features of 2012, <a href="http://www.danhurley.com/"><em>Smarter</em> </a>penetrates the hot new field of intelligence research to reveal what researchers call a revolution in human intellectual abilities.</p><p>Shattering decades of dogma, scientists began publishing studies in 2008 showing that “fluid intelligence”—the ability to learn, solve novel problems, and get to the heart of things—can be increased through training.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 82101 at http://wamc.org "Smarter: The New Science Of Building Brain Power" By Dan Hurley "Brain Wars" http://wamc.org/post/brain-wars <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>We speak with acclaimed neuroscientist Mario Beauregard, Ph.D. about his book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0070XAZDW/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0070XAZDW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Brain Wars: The Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind and the Proof That Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B0070XAZDW" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 43201 at http://wamc.org "Brain Wars" "The Day My Brain Exploded: A True Story" by Ashok Rajamani http://wamc.org/post/day-my-brain-exploded-true-story-ashok-rajamani <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>After a full-throttle brain bleed at the age of twenty-five, Ashok Rajamani, a first-generation Indian American, had to relearn everything: how to eat, how to walk and to speak, even things as basic as his sexual orientation.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 56332 at http://wamc.org "The Day My Brain Exploded: A True Story" by Ashok Rajamani