The Mind’s Eye
by Oliver Sacks
Published Nov 2010
Each chapter details a unique neurological phenomenon of visual perception – delving into research, case studies, and historical accounts. We learn of a musician, slowly losing the ability to read words or music, aphasic patients with only the ability to mime and gesture, the phenomenon of alexia sine agraphia (losing the ability to read but not the ability to write a language), those who lose the ability to recognize faces or those who are born without the stereoptic ability to perceive depth. The last half of the book becomes surprisingly personal as Sacks shares his own experience with ocular melanoma.
4.5 out of 5 stars: As someone who’s masters thesis investigated visual perception (*cough*), this book was straight up my alley. Oliver Sacks never fails to capture the beauty of neuroscience, and this was no exception.