Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Wiring for mindreading

Wired magazine reports:
Three months ago I took my 7-year-old son through a neurological treatment designed to hack his brain. ... As a child diagnosed with sensory processing disorder, or SPD, Caleb doesn't experience senses the way other people do. Stimuli from his environment and body are sometimes misinterpreted or ignored altogether. ... The month-long Sensory Learning Program in Boulder, Colorado, was designed to recalibrate Caleb's reception of sensory input, reorganizing the neural pathways that process information. ...

Another interesting "side-effect" is that Caleb has begun to guess peoples' motives by observing their behavior.
I didn't know that mindreading could be taught by rewiring the brain.

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