The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back


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The dramatic story of one man’s recovery offers new hope to those suffering from concussions and other brain traumas
 
In 1999, Clark Elliott suffered a concussion when his car was rear-ended. Overnight his life changed from that of a rising professor with a research career in artificial intelligence to a humbled man struggling to get through a single day. At times he couldn’t walk across a room, or even name his five children. Doctors told him he would never fully recover. After eight years, the cognitive demands of his job, and of being a single parent, finally became more than he could manage. As a result of one final effort to recover, he crossed paths with two brilliant Chicago-area research-clinicians—one an optometrist emphasizing neurodevelopmental techniques, the other a cognitive psychologist—working on the leading edge of brain plasticity. Within weeks the ghost of who he had been started to re-emerge.
 
Remarkably, Elliott kept detailed notes throughout his experience, from the moment of impact to the final stages of his recovery, astounding documentation that is the basis of this fascinating book. The Ghost in My Brain gives hope to the millions who suffer from head injuries each year, and provides a unique and informative window into the world’s most complex computational device: the human brain.

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  1. ) but I highly recommend it. The author I just got this book and have not finished it yet (I read slower now!) but I highly recommend it. The author, Clark Elliott, is a professor at DePaul University in Chicago. One day, he was rear-ended in what seemed like a minor traffic accident and that began his TBI journey.I too had a fairly simple accident, a serious bike crash. I did have my helmet on – it was shattered. I was unconscious and stopped breathing. I was taken by ambulance to the ER and they treated all of the…

  2. An Inspiring Story of Concussion Recovery by “Hacking” the Brain With Visual Puzzles and Therapeutic Eye Glasses Synopsis of the Book:The “Ghost in My Brain” is a fascinating and passionate book about how a concussion can wreck a life – and how avant-garde treatments like visual puzzles and special eyeglasses can quickly rewire the brain into recovery.Author Clark Elliott is a computer science professor at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. The book documents eight years of his life, and describes:• The automobile accident that gave him a concussion• The…

  3. Changed my life I read this book after 4 years of trying my best to cope with a brain injury. Professor Elliott’s descriptions of going to the grocery store, negotiating physical spaces, an unresponsive body, and the battery analogy were things I had been trying to describe without much success since my injury. I also experienced similar non-interest from the medical community. My husband read the book and said, “We’re going to Chicago.” Dr Markus and Dr Zelinsky are amazing, as well as Amy Lukos. I am…

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