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Can you ever really know those most beloved to you? Are you sure? Jad wonders how his tiny son experiences the world. Developmental psychologist Dr. Charles Fernyhough explains what science conjectures about what the world is like for a newborn...and shatters Jad's warm fuzzies. But how can Dr. Fernyhough really know that Jad is a conscious being, and not a zombie or a robot?

When your sense of knowing the other gets jumbled, it can be disorienting--even traumatic. Dr. Carol Berman and Dr. V.S. Ramachandran explain the psychology and neurology behind a haunting disorder called Capgras syndrome.

Comments [4]

I love the story. The most of all I love that adorable picture. I assume it is Jad's little baby. He is a precious little boy.

Aug. 19 2014 02:04 PM
Kristine Zbornik

This was a very frustrating interview. Follow up questions to more fully understand this condition were not asked. The brain doctor, Dr. Ramachandran, said this condition is related to a head injury, however, the Dr. Carol Berman's patient and husband who have this condition were not described as having had an injury to their brain, so what caused this to happen in those two people? And the next question I have is, do blind people suffer from this as well, the Dr. Ramachandran said if the person gets a call from the individual who they think is an imposter, they recognize them again. I feel that this segment was not thoroughly explored by the interviewers.

Jan. 05 2013 12:33 PM
Tess from SF

WHOA WHOA WHOA! Isn't almost every baby psychology test measured by the duration of the STARE!? For example, in the numbers episode, babies were "shown" to have logarithmic thinking because they STARED longer at different amounts of ducks. There have been countless conclusions based on what we now think is completely INVOLUNTARY?????? Someone tell me I'm wrong!

Dec. 30 2011 12:06 AM
Gaia from Virginia

Jad, take heart! I've also read that important neurotransmitter levels (spec oxytocin) are set during those early eye gazes. Regardless of "what the baby's intentions are", these sessions always felt important to me. When yer heart swells like that, it's not "just" anything

Oct. 11 2010 02:07 AM

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