Unconscious learning, your brain, and savant syndrome
Today we talk about your brain and unconscious mechanisms of learning. From losing a skill for no apparent reason, to acquiring languages, to unfortunately learning paralysis and pain, to savants who apparently learn without consciously attempting to, we cover some oddities about the way your brain works and how you learn.
Here’s a link to a tedtalk by VS Ramachandran. He covers several interesting conditions, including phantom limb pain, and synesthesia.
Here’s a documentary about Daniel Tammet, who learned enough Icelandic in a week to be interviewed in that language on television.
Here’s a talk with Daniel Tammet and his tutor in the language of Icelandic, about what it was like to learn the language in such a short time.
Here’s a segment about Orlando Serrell. He became a calendar calculator and had improved memory after being hit in the head by a baseball as a child.
Here are many articles about language and the brain, and the debate over which side of the brain might be doing what.