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Mind Blowing Brain Cases: A Series About Neuroscience

Mind Blowing Brain Cases: A Series About Neuroscience

First version about Phineas Gage soon to be published.

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The human brain has been described as ‘the most complex thing we have yet discovered in the universe’. In an attempt to understand this fascinating organ, we tend to oversimplify information on how it works and this gives rise to popular brain myths. Luckily, at United Academics we have Elisabeth Buhl Thubron, a Danish/English Neuroscience PhD student at KCL in London. She enlightens us about brainfacts and what we can learn from them.

In a new series she will take a closer look at intriguing brain cases that revolutionised the field. Some of these cases led to new theories, others to popular myths or even more confusion. “It is often an uphill struggle to separate fact from fiction in neuroscience”, Thubron explains.

We will read about famous cases such as patient Henry Gustav Molaison, widely known as H.M.  Thubron: “Thanks to him we know how and where memories are formed in the brain”. And we will learn everything about the brain of Neil Harbisson who drilled a cyborg antenna into his skull so he can perceive visible and invisible colours as sound waves and even hear music and phone calls inside his head. 

The first in the series of Mind-blowing Brain Cases is the 160 year old story of Phineas Gage, a man whose personality reportedly changed after his brain was blasted in a most gruesome accident.

Soon to be published!

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