Switched on: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening by John Elder Robison (Hardback, 2016)
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- Description<b>An extraordinary memoir about the cutting-edge brain therapy that dramatically changed the life and mind of John Elder Robison, the<i> New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Look Me in the Eye</i></b><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY<i>THE WASHINGTON POST</i></b><i>Imagine spending the first forty years of your life in darkness, blind to the emotions and social signals of other people. Then imagine that someone suddenly switches the lights on.</i> It has long been assumed that people living with autism are born with the diminished ability to read the emotions of others, even as they feel emotion deeply. But what if we ve been wrong all this time? What if that missing emotional insight was there all along, locked away and inaccessible in the mind? In 2007 John Elder Robison wrote the international bestseller <i>Look Me in the Eye, </i>a memoir about growing up with Asperger s syndrome. Amid the blaze of publicity that followed, he received a unique invitation: Would John like to take part in a study led by one of the world s foremost neuroscientists, who would use an experimental new brain therapy kwn as TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, in an effort to understand and then address the issues at the heart of autism? <i>Switched On</i> is the extraordinary story of what happened next. 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. <i>Switched On</i> is a real-life <i>Flowers for Algern, </i> a fascinating and intimate window into what it means to be neurologically different, and what happens when the world as you kw it is upended overnight. <b>Praise for <i>Switched On</i></b> An eye-opening book with a radical message . . . The transformations [Robison] undergoes throughout the book are astonishing as foreign and overwhelming as if he woke up one morning with the visual range of a bee or the auditory prowess of a bat. <b><i>The New York Times</i></b> Astonishing, brave . . .reads like a medical thriller and keeps you wondering what will happen next . . . [Robison] takes readers for a ride through the thorny thickets of neuroscience and leaves us wanting more. <b><i>The Washington Post</i></b> Fascinating for its insights into Asperger s and research, this engrossing record will make readers reexamine their preconceptions about this syndrome and the future of brain manipulation. <b><i>Booklist</i></b> Like books by Andrew Solomon and Oliver Sacks, <i>Switched On</i> offers an opportunity to consider mental processes through a combination of powerful narrative and informative medical context. <b><i>BookPage</i></b> A mind-blowing book that will force you to ask deep questions about what is important in life. Would rmalizing the brains of those who think differently reduce their motivation for great achievement? <b> Temple Grandin, author of <i>The Autistic Brain</i></b> At the heart of<i> Switched On</i> are fundamental questions of who we are, of where our identity resides, of difference and disability and free will, which are brought into sharp focus by Robison s lived experience. <b> Graeme Simsion, author of <i>The Rosie Effect</i></b>
- Author Biography<b>John Elder Robison</b> is a world-recognized authority on life with autism, and the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Look Me in the Eye</i>, <i>Be Different, </i> and <i>Raising Cubby. </i>Robison is the neurodiversity scholar in residence at the College of William & Mary, and he serves on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, which produces the U.S. government s strategic plan for autism spectrum disorder research. A machine aficionado and avid photographer, Robison lives with his family in Amherst, Massachusetts.
- Author(s)John Elder Robison
- PublisherSpiegel & Grau
- Date of Publication22/03/2016
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSpiegel & Grau
- Weight499 g
- Width163 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Introduction byAlvaro Pascual-Leon
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards
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