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"A Concussion Stole My Life" Clark Elliott on TBI and Brain Plasticity

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Published on Jul 2, 2015

In 1999, Clark Elliott suffered a concussion when his car was rear-ended. Overnight his life changed from that of a professor with a research career in artificial intelligence to a humbled man struggling to get through a single day. At times he couldn’t walk across a room, or even name his five children. Doctors told him he would never fully recover. After eight years, the cognitive demands of his job, and of being a single parent, finally became more than he could manage. By chance, he crossed paths with two Chicago-area research-clinicians—one an optometrist emphasizing neurodevelopmental techniques, the other a cognitive psychologist—working on the leading edge of brain plasticity. Within weeks the ghost of who he had been started to re-emerge. The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back.

"You know outside we look pretty much the same, and if we're not taxing our brains, we can even interact in a pretty normal way. But inside, in so many hundreds of small ways, we have just been completely changed."
-Clark Elliott

Credits
Executive Producer & Host
Mimi Geerges




Director
Hank Montez


Camera & Lighting
Léo Guillemin
Kenneth Homick


Editing
Léo Guillemin




Intro Graphics
Thomas Wilbur


Production Assistants
Larissa Costa

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