Switched on

Switched on

A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening

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-- New York Times -- Look Me in the Eye, Switched On ¡ Having spent forty years as a social outcast, misreading others' emotions or missing them completely, John is suddenly able to sense a powerful range of feelings in other people. However, this newfound insight brings unforeseen problems and serious questions. As the emotional ground shifts beneath his feet, John struggles with the very real possibility that choosing to diminish his disability might also mean sacrificing his unique gifts and even some of his closest relationships. -- --Temple Grandin, author of -- Switched On--Graeme Simsion, author of -- --Simon Baron-Cohen, professor, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University A¡remarkable, engaging, and moving story . . . It is a strikingly moving personal narrative about the nature of emotion, and about the opportunities afforded us when we seek to understand neurological difference.--Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD, from the foreword From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel and Grau, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ß2016
ISBN: 9780812996906
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxii, 296 pages)
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Additional Contributors: Pascual-Leone, Alvaro


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Jan 03, 2017

What a fascinating book. I listened to this book which was read by the author. At first it put me off because his narration seemed a bit stilted and when listening to an audiobook the narrator can really make it or break it for me. However, I realized that this book was unique in that it was giving me a glimpse into this man's experience as someone with aspergers and his manner of speaking seeming somewhat off putting to people is something he is aware of and has to deal with every day. Was I listening to this just to be entertained or did I want to learn something? So I kept on with it and soon the narration was just fine and his style was part of his story. And what a story he has. This is not his first book although it is the first one I have read. He has written before about what living with Aspergers is like and has become a popular and much in demand speaker at conferences and on boards etc. He has had several different successful careers, mostly entrepreneurial and is looked up to by many. He is extremely self aware and can write about his experiences clearly.
This book focuses on his involvement in a research study to see if sending electromagnetic energy into precise locations in the brains of people with Aspergers would increase their emotional intelligence, turn on those parts of the brain that help us interpret other's meaning through facial expressions, tone of voice etc. Robison was enthusiastic to try the experimental therapy even when his family members were apprehensive. You're going to try and change your brain? What if you're not you anymore? Would this change his relationships to others? What if turning up his emotions turned down the amazing mechanical abilities he had which he had used his whole life in various careers? It's not really a spoiler to say things do change for him or there wouldn't be a book. It's so intriguing to read about his experiences, both wonderful and sad as a result of the therapy and brings many more questions about how all of our brains work and make each of us who we are.


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