V.S. Ramachandran explains the neurological mechanisms behind:

  • The Capgras delusion – brain-damaged people believe their closest friends and family have been replaced with imposters.
  • Phantom limb syndrome – using mirrors to cure patients with imagined pain in amputated limbs.
  • Synesthesia – hearing color, smelling sounds, or seeing numbers as colors.

He sums up with his theory of where abstraction, metaphor, and creativity are generated in the brain. I love this guy.


25 minutes. Link to Video

:: Neural Dump