This book is worth reading just for the simple but very clever ways in which Dr Ramachandran goes about doing his research. Researchers and practitioners can learn from him that one does not necessarily need special equipment to do meaningful research in the field of brain functioning.
The topics addressed in this book include phantom limbs, brain plasticity, synaesthesia, autism, the development of language, aesthetic appreciation and introspection.
His interesting experiments and theories add to the knowledge and understanding of those who have an interest in the brain and human behaviour, but one needs a fairly good understanding of neuroanatomy to fully appreciate many of his explanations.
Dr Ramachandran, a medical doctor, is the director of the Centre for the Brain at the University of California, San Diego.
The writer of this review purchased her copy at Exclusive Books in South Africa.
Review written by Sharon Truter