Artistic expressions born of brain disorders
Many people who have suffered brain damage turn to creating art. Researchers are studying them to help unravel how the brain works.
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Anne Adams 'Unraveling Boléro'( UCSF Memory and Aging Center )
The late University of British Columbia scientist Anne Adams started to paint only after the onset of a type of brain degeneration called frontotemporal dementia, or FTD. Such damage, to the front and sides of the brain, tends to interfere with sources of personality, behavior and language. As her speech disappeared, her artistic creativity flourished. She became fascinated with French composer Maurice Ravel, who had suffered from the same disease. And she produced a painting called "Unraveling Boléro," which attempted to translate the elements of Ravel's music into visual form.
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