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Hearing Things That Aren't Really There

Dr. Oliver Sacks talks about why we hallucinate sounds, speech and music.

Monday, November 26, 2012

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Hallucinations is the title of Dr. Oliver Sacks' latest book, and in it he presents hundreds of case studies and stories about those who see, hear, feel and even smell things that aren't really there. We talk with Dr. Sacks about the phenomenon of aural hallucinations of phantom voices, music, and sounds -- which, he says, is much more common than most would think, and often isn't related to mental illness. 

Have you ever heard things that weren't really there? What was your experience like? Leave us a comment below. 


Dr. Oliver Sacks

Comments [1]

Maggie Joralemon from Montlcair, NJ

My 6 year old grandson sometimes says he hears things. Is thi smore common in younger people as they may be more open and receptive and less dismissive than adults?

Dec. 02 2012 11:48 AM

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