Teasing Open the Black Box

The New Yorker has a great piece, “Brain Games,” on Vilayanur Ramchandran, a behavioral neurologist that they dub the “Marco Polo of Neuroscience.” The article explains how his research into the faulty “wiring” associated with disorders such as phantom-limb pain and Capgras delusion has led to low-tech treatments—often mirrors—that “trick the brain” back to normal. It’s an exciting look at science in action.