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To many people, hallucinations imply madness, but in fact they are a common part of the human experience. These sensory distortions range from the. BY OLIVER SACKS. To live on a colored, geometric hallucinations, which shortcut . bodied consciousness and self and to un- dreams or hallucinations?. Editorial Reviews. webtiekittcenve.tk Review. site Best Books of the Month, November A Hallucinations - site edition by Oliver Sacks. Download it .


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Vintage Books: Sacks conjures apparitions in language that has an easy, tactile magic. He illuminate[s] the complexities of the human brain and the mysteries of the human mind.

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An absorbing plunge into a mystery of the mind. These tales are at turns delightful, entertaining, bizarre and sometimes downright terrifying.

The details of the serrations carry valuable information about the functional neuroanatomy of the visual cortex. Sacks interweaves his own hallucinatory experiences with those of his patients and others, forming an easy and coherent narrative that links many conditions.

The sequential discussions of Charles Bonnet syndrome CBS , sensory deprivation, and hemianopia are especially interesting. Donald Hebb, the Canadian pioneer of theoretical neuroscience, asked his students to study techniques used by Stalinists to force confessions, and they focused on sensory deprivation.

Their use of opaque goggles as an analog to ocular cataracts was fortuitous because later experiments showed that subjects hallucinate more readily to diffuse light than total darkness. Sensory deprivation is one of those subjects that attracted wild attention before slipping back into obscurity, but its clinical equivalent, CBS, has recently undergone a serious revival of interest, and Sacks does a nice job of bringing the subject back to its roots by telling the story of Bonnet and his uncle, who shared the details of his hallucinations with Bonnet, a budding scholar, while the uncle slowly lost his sight.

Some years later, Bonnet himself would experience the same condition.

Sacks, who lost some vision to a melanoma, has written off his own CBS hallucinations. What made the three of them unusual was that they were willing to talk about it. The more usual reticence is sad on two counts: Intriguingly, Sacks mentions that some physicians are now using quetiapine as an off-label treatment for CBS hallucinations. This joins previous reports of clinicians using carbamazepine to prevent occipital epileptic hallucinations and diphenylhydantoin to treat LSD flashbacks.

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What the later two treatments have in common is that they regulate sodium channels in nerve membranes, reducing cortical excitability.

This is in keeping with evidence of excess cortical excitability in subjects with migraine auras; with reports of LSD flashbacks induced in susceptible people using caffeine, nicotine, and ocular pressure and flicker; and with a growing theoretical literature on pattern formation in neural networks when excitation is increased in a spatially uniform fashion.

Sacks is sometimes gently criticized for letting the demands of writing for popular audiences overwhelm scholarly aspects of his work Carl Sagan syndrome. At first glance, it might seem so here; Hallucinations is almost too enjoyably written to be considered a monograph but has a remarkable density and variety of information.

I have been involved in hallucination research for a dozen years, and I learned something new in every chapter.

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The chapters on the hallucinations accompanying narcolepsy, sleep paralysis, and other sleep disorders are chilling. The exploration of the relationships between hallucinations, filling-in phenomena, and phantom limb disorders is fascinating and contains remarkable observations.

Recently, there has been much work on the neural correlates of elementary hallucinations see Billock and Tsou 3 for a review , and a fuller understanding is starting to emerge. So perhaps it is useful that Sacks puts most of his emphasis on the less understood complex hallucinations.

Sacks is made of sterner stuff, and a good reward for his fortitude would be a serious revival of scholarly interest in these fascinating phenomena. Other researchers have pointed out how hallucinations—especially hallucinations in blind or peripheral fields—seem unusually high in contrast and detail and can either sharpen unexpectedly with accommodation and eye movements or be abolished by them.

Several lines of research on deblurring and on the paradoxical effects of reducing contrast in blur perception suggest a high spatial frequency extrapolation in spatial vision. Rune-like shapes are a plausible outcome of extrapolating the spatial frequency content of text, absent a rule for extrapolating the corresponding phase information.

With a little image processing, transcribed unreadable hallucinatory text may be decodable. Whether anyone—even the patients—would want to read those hallucinatory ramblings is a separate question. You may be trying to access this site from a secured browser on the server. Please enable scripts and reload this page.

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