Shorts: Do I Know You? March 8, 2010

from WNYC's Radiolab· ·

capgras

How do you know your mother is really your mother? It’s simple, right? You look at her, you recognize her, enough said. Well, maybe not. It turns out that recognizing people, even the people we know the best, is more about how they make us feel than what we see in front of our eyes. And when your feelings about someone get jumbled, it can be disorienting, even traumatic. In this the podcast we talk to Dr. Carol Berman and Dr. V.S. Ramachandran to …



capgras

How do you know your mother is really your mother? It’s simple, right? You look at her, you recognize her, enough said. Well, maybe not. It turns out that recognizing people, even the people we know the best, is more about how they make us feel than what we see in front of our eyes. And when your feelings about someone get jumbled, it can be disorienting, even traumatic. In this the podcast we talk to Dr. Carol Berman and Dr. V.S. Ramachandran to explore the psychology and neurology behind a rare but disturbing delusional disorder called Capgras.

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