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Switched On - A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening

John Elder Robison

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An extraordinary memoir about the cutting-edge brain therapy that dramatically changed the life and mind of John Elder Robison, the New York Times bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST Imagine spending the first forty years of your life in darkness, blind to the emotions and social signals of other people. Then imagine that someone suddenly switches the lights on. It has long been assumed that people living with autism are born with the diminished ability to read the emotions of others, even as they feel emotion deeply. But what if we've been wrong all this time? What if that "missing" emotional insight was there all along, locked away and inaccessible in the mind? In 2007 John Elder Robison wrote the international bestseller Look Me in the Eye, a memoir about growing up with Asperger's syndrome. Amid the blaze of publicity that followed, he received a unique invitation: Would John like to take part in a study led by one of the world's foremost neuroscientists, who would use an experimental new brain therapy known as TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, in an effort to understand and then address the issues at the heart of autism? Switched On is the extraordinary story of what happened next. Having spent forty years as a social outcast, misreading others' emotions or missing them completely, John is suddenly able to sense a powerful range of feelings in other people. However, this newfound insight brings unforeseen problems and serious questions. As the emotional ground shifts beneath his feet, John struggles with the very real possibility that choosing to diminish his disability might also mean sacrificing his unique gifts and even some of his closest relationships. Switched On is a real-life Flowers for Algernon, a fascinating and intimate window into what it means to be neurologically different, and what happens when the world as you know it is upended overnight. Praise for Switched On "An eye-opening book with a radical message . .

Language:

English

Length:

11h 22m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:15


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:10


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:16


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:53


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:48


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:42


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:32


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:05


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:08


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:39


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:16


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:48


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:50


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:25


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:38


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:38


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:22


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:12


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:57


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:37


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:07


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:27


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:47


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:26


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:20


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:42


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:22


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:20


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:48


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

09:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:47


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:26


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:42


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:54


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:58


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:57


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:54


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:41


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:57


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:04


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:09


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:03


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:25


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:26


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:40


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:08


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:50


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:17


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:53


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:29


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:06


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:21


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:48


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:02


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:17


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:48


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:38


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:35


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:51


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:57


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:22


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:27


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:07


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:14


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:07


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:06


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:42


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

01:15


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

00:59