Simple $3 Idea Eliminates Intense Pain and Paralysis
December 25, 2007
In this fascinating video, Vilayanur Ramachandran, the director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego, and an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute, describes how brain damage can reveal the strong connection between your mind and your body.
Ramachandran explains not only the Capgras delusion (when people believe their friends and family have been replaced by imposters) but also phantom limb pain.
He has developed a simple, $3 tool made of a cardboard box and a mirror, which can eliminate phantom limb pain that has been plaguing people for decades.
Synesthesia, the mingling of the senses in which people hear color or smell sounds, is also discussed, and Ramachandran answers a question that has never before been answered: why artists, poets and novelists are eight times more likely to have synesthesia than the general population.