John Elder Robison – Switched On: My Journey from Asperger’s to Emotional Awakening

John Elder Robison had lived with Asperger’s until he was 50, and indeed wrote a book about growing up with Asperger’s – Look Me In The Eye. In 2008 he volunteered to be a participant in a TMS research study at Alvaro Pascual-Leone’s lab in Boston, USA. This is his amazing account of his experience of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to the frontal cortex, which caused, among other things, changes in a range of abilities and skills: to sense emotion in music, to be aware of other people’s feelings, to interpret facial expressions, and to feel comfortable meeting their … Read more...

Sacha Bonsor – Dipped into Oblivion

At the age of 25 Sacha Bonsor elected to have complicated and risky surgery for a malformation of blood vessels at the junction of the spinal cord and the brain. This is her memoir. In the aftermath of the surgery she confronts face-on a question that is present for everyone who has had a function-changing neurological event: how much do I accept things as they are, and how much work and energy do I want to devote to rehabilitation and changing the current state of things? She puts it beautifully: ‘where to draw the line of acceptance’. At this stage, … Read more...