[FUN_Mail] new neuroscience book, Coming to Our Senses

Joyce A. Furfaro, PhD jaf182 at psu.edu
Sat Mar 12 19:54:20 UTC 2022

I'm purchasing a copy right now - looks great!


Joyce A. Furfaro, PhD
Integrative Biosciences, Neuroscience
Assistant Professor of Teaching

Mailing address:
Room 141 Moore Bldg
Department of Psychology
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

“Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind.”
― Jeffrey Eugenides

On Sat, Mar 12, 2022 at 1:38 PM Susan Barry <sbarry at mtholyoke.edu> wrote:

> Dear FUN members,
> I'm a retired biology and neuroscience professor at Mount Holyoke
> College.
> I've recently published a second book called Coming to Our Senses (Basic
> Books, 2021).  My first book, Fixing My Gaze, described my experience of
> gaining stereopsis in midlife, a story that was first told by Oliver Sacks
> in a New Yorker article titled "Stereo Sue."  (See stereosue.com)
> In Coming to Our Senses, I tell the stories of two young people I got to
> know well over a ten year period. Liam McCoy was 15 when a surgical
> procedure addressed several conditions that had left him nearly blind since
> early childhood. But instead of seeing his family, friends, and everyday
> objects within a three-dimensional landscape, he saw a hodgepodge of lines
> and colors on one flat plane. Zohra Damji was 12 when a cochlear implant
> enabled her to hear for the first time. But all sounds—voices, a car motor,
> the rain—merged into one unintelligible cacophony.
> Many people who gain sight or hearing after childhood are overwhelmed by
> the onslaught of novel sensations and ultimately reject their new sense.
> But Liam and Zohra not only adapted to but embraced their sight and
> hearing.  Coming to Our Senses describes how they reconstructed and
> reorganized their perceptual world, reshaped their identity, and rewired
> the neural circuits in their brain. Their stories are a testament to
> human resilience and neuroplasticity.
> If you are interested in the book, please let me know.  I should be able
> to send you a copy.
> All best,
> Sue Barry
> Susan R. Barry, PhD
> Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences
> Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience and Behavior
> Mount Holyoke College
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