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Secrets of the Mind This summary is based on a video series, found on YouTube, depicting the findings of neurologist, Dr. V.S. Ramachandran. Ramachandran is noted for his use of experimental methods that rely relatively little on complex technologies such as neuroimaging. According to Ramachandran, "too much of the Victorian sense of adventure [in science] has been lost." In the case of Derek Steen, who is suffering from Phantom Limb Syndrome, Dr. Ramachandran evaluated the levels of feelings on both sides of the patient’s body by touching certain parts of the patient with a q-tip. When the Dr. stroked the q-tip across the left side of the patients
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The amygdala generates visual emotion and if it isn’t getting a message from the temporal lobe when you look at an object, you can’t respond to it emotionally. Therefore you deny what you are seeing. Dr. Ramachandran has determined that a person’s intellectual view of the world is closely linked to emotional reactions to the world and that Capgras Syndrome can heal itself over time. This is further evidence of neurogenesis. John Sharon suffers from violent seizures caused by Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. These seizures have triggered religious and extreme emotional feelings of connection to the world. Patient often gets philosophical and claims he has great, unexplainable feelings for objects as small as a grain of sand after each seizure. Dr. Ramachandran believes it is possible that the seizure activity creates wild emotions that can be interpreted as a sense of God’s presence and that it has something to do with the temporal lobe wiring which helps to deal with the world emotionally. Basically, it helps you determine how trivial something is and how important something is. The doctor feels that parts of the temporal lobe are conducive to religious belief and that this condition opens up subjects of God and religion to be studied by scientists. He theorizes that repeated seizures are causing a strengthening of the pathways so that everything, no matter how small, has extreme significance to the patient.
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