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Literature and Culture in the Age of Neuroscience
There's no shortage of candidates proposing to help us build a more hospitable collective reality. What can we do to help?
As Walter Benjamin famously asserted, “Death is the sanction for everything that the storyteller can tell.” In the case of the hypochondriac, diagnosis will do.
"I've always been obsessed with the brain, the evanescence of memory . . . how memory forges what we are but also in some ways limits what we are."
When we first began, you asked me to make a commitment to a clear ideal or goal. I chose freedom. It’s a commitment with many tentacles.
The goal of somatics therapy is for people to actually embody what they long to be, to be who they are more wholly, and to heal the split that may be caused by traumatic events.
Savoring stretches an experience out over time. It stretches a pleasurable moment into the near future and it stays with us for a long time.
LGBTQ-affirming healthcare understands the psychological, psychosocial, and physical ramifications of being part of a specific community.
Not all amnesia stories are created equal. In the right hands, an amnesia story can become a sophisticated reflection on memory.
It wasn’t until I was about 40 that I realized my body is almost always on constant alert — and that I was a little tired of it. Somatics gave me options.
I believed in both literature’s transformative effects and the doctrine of “presuming competence” when encountering cognitive disability.
Reading is a human invention, made possible by pre-existing brain systems devoted to representing shapes, sound, and speech.
I feel most people take their senses for granted and think they already know everything about them, we rarely appreciate their complexity.
The “you are your brain” / “you are not your brain” debate is possible because of the paradox created by rapid advances in the neurosciences that raise more questions than answers.
The stories behind these headlines share an often-overlooked quality: They require readers to make guesses and draw conclusions about other people's intentions.
We talk about our inner lives. We wonder what would happen if people could see into our minds. Consciousness, we imagine, is to be found somewhere inside us.
A nonspeaking young man dreams of autistic civil rights: "Inclusion should not be a lottery."
Personal stories need to be part of medical education, to have real human context to balance the hard clinical aspects of health care. That’s especially true with mental illness.
"My book comes from the point of view of someone who lives this – not a therapist or researcher, but someone inside the experience. Someone on the team."
These writers portray fantasies of finding the ethereal self in physical brains–by dissecting brains, holding them, prodding, examining, or eating them.
Why was an autistic child tackled by a police officer in a park? How might autistic autobiographers help prevent incidents like this?
Jason Tougaw is the author of The Elusive Brain: Literary Experiments in the Age of Neuroscience (Yale UP) and The One You Get: Portrait of a Family Organism (Dzanc Books).