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The ghost in my brain : how a concussion stole my life and how the new science of brain plasticity helped me get it back

Author: Clark Elliott
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2016, ©2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1999, Dr Clark Elliott suffered a concussion when his car was rear-ended. Overnight his life changed from that of a rising professor to a humbled man struggling to get through a single day. In one final effort to resume a normal life, Elliott crossed paths with two brilliant Chicago-area research clinicians who used cutting-edge therapies to try and help Dr Elliott. Within weeks, the ghost of who he had been  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Clark Elliott; Clark Elliott
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clark Elliott
ISBN: 9780143108290 0143108298
OCLC Number: 953839001
Notes: First published in 2015 in the USA by Viking Books.
Description: xxiv, 312 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Part 1: Concussion. Midnight ; The size of the problem : the magnificence of the human brain ; Through the kaleidoscope ; The crash ; Something is wrong ; Do you know your name? ; Word maps gone awry ; Why are you here? ; Apple, scarf, tree --
Part 2: The components of cognition. Background ; The human machine is broken ; Balance in the symbolic world ; Visual/spatial patterns, shapes, relationships ; Time is a metaphor ; The building blocks of cognition and the metacognitive voice ; At least we can laugh : pain and humor ; Processing the audio signal ; Social challenges ; Physical changes ; Spiraling downward --
Part 3: The ghost returns. Meet Dr. Dots! ; Brain glasses ; The ghost --
Part 4: The science of brain plasticity. Donalee Markus and her designs for strong minds ; Deborah Zelinsky and the mind-eye connection.
Other Titles: How a concussion stole my life and how the new science of brain plasticity helped me get it back
Responsibility: Clark Elliott, Ph. D.

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In 1999, Dr Clark Elliott suffered a concussion when his car was rear-ended. Overnight his life changed from that of a rising professor to a humbled man struggling to get through a single day. In one final effort to resume a normal life, Elliott crossed paths with two brilliant Chicago-area research clinicians who used cutting-edge therapies to try and help Dr Elliott. Within weeks, the ghost of who he had been returned. The Ghost in My Brain is also an unforgettable record of recovery, one that offers new hope to those suffering from brain trauma.

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