Clinical neuropsychology takes to the stage

OnEgo_Image.jpgNeuropsychologist Paul Broks’ exploration of how brain injury affects selfhood, Into The Silent Land, has been made into a play that is currently showing in the Soho Theatre in London’s West End.

The production is entitled On Ego and asks the question:

“What are we? Skin, bone and a hundred billion brain cells? Or is there something more? How does the conscious “you” clamber from the numb darkness of the brain box out into a world of people and places, pleasure and pain, love and loss?”

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time that a book of case studies of brain injured patients has been turned into a theatre production, as Oliver Sack’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat was turned into an opera.

On Ego finishes on the 7th January.

Link to information on play.
<a href="http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,1657096,00.html
“>Link to Observer article about On Ego
Link to American Scientist interview with Broks.

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