The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Summary

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Cognition is the core foundation of all mental abilities; it involves knowledge, learning, attention, memory, perception, and comprehension. In The Man Who Mistook His Wife for A Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks, we follow the stories of many people who have lost their judgment, have lost their memory, and people struggling with different diseases. According to our lecture material, cognition is manipulation of representations. In this essay I analyze how cognition can help explain several stories in the book, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, The Lost Mariner, and The Autistic Artist. In the first chapter of the book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for A Hat, we are introduced to the story of Dr.P, a musician and music teacher who is diagnosed with visual agnosia. “Visual agnosia occurs when there is brain damage along the pathways that connect the occipital lobe of the brain with the parietal and temporal lobes. The occipital lobe assembles incoming visual information. “Dr. P is unable to…show more content…
Korsakov has affected Jimmie’s life incredibly, he has problems learning new information, and nothing seems to help him remember recent events. Korsakov can be explained with the use of cognition, through the observation of memory, and lectures presented by Dr. Jim Davies, we can better understand the chronic disorder of Jimmie. Professor Davies explains the cognitive level in specificity by introducing the demand of the biological level. The hippocampus plays an important role in consolidation of information from the short term memory to long term memory. The hippocampus area was damaged due to the excessive drinking by Jimmie that caused him to lose his function from short term memory to long term

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