How do we think? How do we remember? How do we manage to speak? Psychology has always attempted to provide explanations, but the advent of neuroscience and brain studies has rendered the answers to such questions increasingly more detailed and exhaustive. We know that the brain plays a major role in our existence, and we owe many discoveries on how it works to situations in which problems arise. For example, the experience of H.M., hit by a bicycle while walking in the park, led to the knowledge that we have many types of memories. The case of Paula, who cannot see even though she has healthy eyes, has engendered greater understanding about how sight functions. This book accompanies the reader on a journey to the world of neuroscience, unveiling the brain’s secrets through the stories of real people, whose symptoms have allowed us to understand how our minds and brains work.
Paolo Nichelli teaches Neurology at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.