Fixing A Hole (in the Parietal Lobe)

From the jacket liner notes of the best read of this weekend:  “For as long as she can remember, Cole Cohen has struggled with a series of learning disabilities that make it nearly impossible to judge time and space – standing at a crosswalk, she couldn’t tell you if an oncoming care would arrive in ten seconds or thirty; if you asked her to let you know when ten minutes had passed, she might notify you in a minute or an hour.  When, the summer before she heads to an out-of-state MFA program, twenty-six year-old Cohen submits herself to a battery of tests in an attempt to finally get to the bottom of her struggles, doctors find a hold in her brain that they cannot explain.  Without established tools to rely on in the wake of this utterly unique diagnosis, Cohen and her doctors create them.”


In this remarkable memoir, Cole (Nicole) Cohen tells of first being diagnosed as having hemi-neglect by a neurological chiropractor, and then Gerstmann’s Syndrome by a neurologist, but a congenital hole in her parietal lobe the size of lemon revealed on an MRI is the culprit.  You’ll want to move Head Case: My Brain and Other Wonders to the top of your summer reading list, at the beach or otherwise.

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One thought on “Fixing A Hole (in the Parietal Lobe)

  1. Dr. Lane’s book “Attention in kids” indicates that the parietal lobe is responsible for attention and that the neurons for ocular motor eye movements run close to that lobe. Hence to improve attention span, shifting attention (saccades), fixing attention (looking at a small target), and multitasking……. would be improved with V.T., i.e. figure eights very large and close to the eye first monocular then binocular and saccades as well. He points out that this will increase I.Q. as well by about 4 points; I am not sure how that happens.
    He also reports on a child born with 1/2 of the brain missing which no one ever knew as the remaining brain took over the tasks of the missing 1/2…..neuro-plasticity at its finest.
    P.S. I read my typing twice as I note my last reply had errors in spelling.

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