Some of the most amazing discoveries in neuroscience have come out of unusual brain conditions. For instance, Phineas Gage's devastating railway accident showed 19th-century scientists that the brain controls behavior, and a man who could only utter a single word helped 20th-century scientists learn about the brain area devoted to speech. Some of the most fascinating and unsettling studies happened in the 1960s when a neurobiologist ran a series of experiments on "split-brain" patients — that is, people with two brain hemispheres that aren't connected. Those experiments taught us how the brain allocates tasks and led to modern research that's demonstrating just how adaptable our brains can be.
On the Other Hand
Brains Find a Way
Written by Cameron Duke December 6, 2019
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