TED Talk – Ramachandran on Capgras syndrome, Phantom Limb Pain and Synesthesia

If you haven’t seen Vilayanur Ramachandran’s talk on what is happening in the Brain in Capgras syndrome, Phantom Limb Pain, and Synesthesia this is well worth a peek

More thoughts on training the brain in CRPS: Reflections, imagery, and illusions: the past, present and future of training the brain in complex regional pain syndrome.


  1. Thanks very much for posting this vid, very interesting lecture!


  2. Fabulous! I shall look forward to more informative vids :)


  3. Thanks Hayley – The TED talks are good aren’t they! We’ve got another video by Ramachandran coming up on Saturday this time on mirror neurons with guest comments by Luke Parkitny


  4. Thank you!



  1. [...] The book also brings up extraordinary scientists, including my long-time favorite – Rama (aka VS Ramachandran)!  This guy found a way of curing phantom limb pain with mirrors. In short, when a limb is amputated, the patient’s brain still thinks that it’s there – the brain area that processed the feelings from the limb is still there. He decided to fool the brain by putting a mirror to reflect the limb that’s still there; when the patient moves the healthy limb, the brain thinks all is right with the world. That wasn’t a great explanation – you can watch a video of Rama talking about the concept here. [...]

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