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Perceptual Disorders

Jul 15, 2013 — At No. 12, Oliver Sacks investigates the types, sources and cultural resonance of Hallucinations.
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Jul 1, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, David Crist looks at America's conflict with Iran and Oliver Sacks investigates hallucinations. In fiction, Ian McEwan delivers a Cold War thriller, Tom Wolfe explores racial and ethnic conflict in Miami and Emma Straub tracks a small town girl's rise to Hollywood stardom.
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Jun 21, 2013 — The famed neurologist talks to Fresh Air about how grief, trauma, brain injury, medications and neurological disorders can trigger hallucinations — and about his personal experimentation with hallucinogenic drugs in the 1960s.
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Apr 27, 2013 — Sacks turns 80 this year. Philosopher Alva No asks the question: What makes Sacks' work so important?
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Nov 16, 2012Hallucinations, Oliver Sacks' investigation of mirages and altered states, debuts at No. 5.
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Nov 13, 2012 — The world's first essayist, Michel Montaigne, was out riding one day when he got slammed from the rear, was thrown from his horse, crashed to the ground and for a brief time was, as he puts it, "dead." He described exactly what it felt like. Here's what he learned.
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Nov 7, 2012 — You're born, live and die with one body. One is all you get. But some people, says neurologist Oliver Sacks, occasionally get another one; it's an illusion, a hallucination, but it follows you around, copying everything you do. It looks like it's keeping you company. But it's not.
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Nov 6, 2012 — The famed neurologist talks to Fresh Air about how grief, trauma, brain injury, medications and neurological disorders can trigger hallucinations — and about his personal experimentation with hallucinogenic drugs in the 1960s.
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Oct 24, 2012 — Neurologist Oliver Sacks' new book is a thoughtful look at hallucinations — visual and otherwise. In this exclusive excerpt, we learn about auditory hallucinations — and that not everyone who hears voices is necessarily mentally ill.
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