chapter  12
Damaged brains
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Chapter Twelve – Damaged brains What is it like not to notice that you don’t notice half the world? What is it like to be blind but believe that you can see, or to be paralysed but convinced that you can move? What is it like to be suspended in the present moment with no memory? These, and many other questions, are prompted by the neuropsychological changes caused by brain damage. Although almost all types of brain damage affect awareness, and some cause global disorders (Schiff, 2007), here we will consider just three specifi c examples with particular relevance to consciousness.