Sunday, November 28, 2004

NASA Studying 'Rain Man's' Brain

I'm hypnitized!!!!
Read the article and you may realize why this means too much!!!

"Last week, researchers had Peek - who was the basis for Dustin Hoffman's character in the 1988 film "Rain Man" - undergo a series of tests including computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, the results of which will be melded to create a three-dimensional look at his brain structure.

He came to the attention of NASA researchers at the Center for Bioinformatics Space Life Sciences at the NASA-AMES Research Center when he spoke in late October at a Rotary Club in central California.

When Kim Peek was born, doctors found a water blister on the right side of his skull, similar to hydrocephalus. Later tests showed his brain hemispheres are not separated, forming a single, large "data storage" area.

It is likely that is why Peek has been able to memorize more than 9,000 books, his father said."

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