Season 29, Episode 3 Secrets of the Mind

First Aired: October 23, 2001

Profiling Dr. V.S. Ramachandran, a neurological sleuth (“I can pretend I'm Sherlock Holmes”) who treats patients with brain injuries and in so doing explores how all brains work. An amputee can feel pain in an arm that doesn't exist. A blind man can detect things he can't see. A stroke patient ignores the left side of visual images. An auto-accident victim thinks his parents are impostors. And a man who suffers from temporal-lobe seizures has intense spiritual feelings. So the temporal lobe, surmises Ramachandran, is “conducive to religious belief.”

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