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Brain Stimulation Causes Man to See Faces on Everything


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    With 188 electrodes implanted in his skull, the man tried to put his vision into words: “How do I explain this…just like the previous one, I see an eye, an eye and a mouth, sideways.” Looking at a box, a volleyball, and a live human face, the man was seeing phantom faces and rainbows superimposed over the world around him as his brain was being stimulated.
    To understand parts of the brain that researchers have long believed to be dedicated to helping humans “see” faces and color. The researchers studied a 26-year-old man from Japan, who, as part of previous treatment for epilepsy, had his brain wired with the same kind of electrodes researchers need to precise patches of brain cells. To find the source of his seizures, doctors placed electrodes throughout his brain.

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