Thursday, September 27, 2012


Brain damage and perception go together like peanut butter and jelly, but in a bad way. Brain damage mostly associated with head trauma negatively affects perception and the way you perceive things around you. I’ve seen how brain damage affects the way you act and the way you are first hand. My friend is basically a whole different person after an accident due to drunk driving. He is paralyzed from the waist down and he is also subject to Akinetopsia. Akinetopsia or motion blindness causes problems in regards to motion in the real world. A person who has Akinetopsia can see stationary objects with ease and describe them but they are subject to basically blindness in motion.  Individuals with Akinetopsia are not able perceive or see anything with motion. For example, my friend was pouring soda into a cup and he didn’t notice that the cup was overflowing. Motion blindness greatly affects everything around you and the way you see the world. Actually, you can’t really see the world unless the things you look at are stationary if you have akinetopsia. I’m not really sure where in the brain he’s affected and it’s pretty rare for him to have it since he only suffered head trauma. Researching about it I also saw that Alzheimer’s may have an effect on Akinetopsia and his family has inherited Alzheimer’s throughout the years. Akinetopsia is an interesting topic and sometimes I just want to see what its like to have this kind of disorder to see how my friend goes through his life everyday. 

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