Monthly Archives: November 2013

In the Key of Genius: An Incredible Insight into the Work of an Inspiring Musician

Yesterday, I attended a talk by Prof Adam Ockelford and was amazed by his ability to tap into the musical ability in autism and how this ability could be transformed into a form of communication not possible in the typical language domain. I will post a summary of his talk, but for now I just want to draw peoples’ attention to this video. It is impossible not to be amazed by the skills of Derek Paravicini within this video; equally, it is to the great credit of Prof Ockelford that he is able to extract and nurture this skills in many individuals such as Derek, with severe autism, and also that he is able to witness these skills advance. My own understanding of autism is limited, but this certainly seems a fantastic way of exploring the ways in which the autistic mind is a benefit.

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November 5, 2013 · 6:10 pm

Auditory Hallucinations – An Audio Representation

A friend of mine brought my attention this youtube video. It’s a collection of voices, compiled through the experiences of a mental health outreach worker, which attempt to capture the experience of pathological voice hearing. It captures many of the phenomenological characteristics which constitute auditory hallucinations; however, this is only an interpretation and so cannot be considered completely accurate. It is interesting, and terrifying, nonetheless.

With that in mind, it’s not advisable to listen to this in the middle of the night with no one around (as I did…)

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November 2, 2013 · 3:56 pm