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What causes hallucinations? - Elizabeth Cox

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A condition called Charles Bonnet Syndrome can cause blind patients to hallucinate scenes in vivid color. fMRI studies show that these hallucinations activate the same brain areas as sight — areas that are not activated by imagination. Other hallucinations also involve the same brain areas as real sensory experiences. What's going on? Elizabeth Cox details the science of hallucinations.

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  • Educator Elizabeth Cox
  • Director Alessandro Durando
  • Compositor Alessandro Durando
  • Art Director Alessandro Durando
  • Animator Alessandro Durando, Giacomo D'Ancona, Silvia Bassoli, Dalila Rovazzani, Riccardo Chiara, Milena Tipaldo
  • Storyboard Artist Giacomo D'Ancona, Silvia Bassoli
  • Character Designer Giacomo D'Ancona, Silvia Bassoli
  • Composer Smider
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott, Elizabeth Cox
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Susan Zimmerman

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To learn more about Charles Bonnet Syndrome, click here.

To find out what it’s like to live with Charles Bonnet Syndrome, watch this interview.

What do hallucinations reveal about our minds? Check out this TED video to learn more.
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  • Educator Elizabeth Cox
  • Director Alessandro Durando
  • Compositor Alessandro Durando
  • Art Director Alessandro Durando
  • Animator Alessandro Durando, Giacomo D'Ancona, Silvia Bassoli, Dalila Rovazzani, Riccardo Chiara, Milena Tipaldo
  • Storyboard Artist Giacomo D'Ancona, Silvia Bassoli
  • Character Designer Giacomo D'Ancona, Silvia Bassoli
  • Composer Smider
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott, Elizabeth Cox
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Susan Zimmerman

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