03/22/04 - Hypergraphia: "She relates a tale told by neurologist Oliver Sacks. He had a ward full of aphasic patients listening to President Reagan on television. They could not fully understand him but they remained particularly sensitive to the tone and inflections, 'which they found farcical.'
A patient with a right brain lesion who was also present, and who could not judge tone or emotion, could comprehend the president's actual words, which she found ridiculous.
Sacks concluded that it took a 'fully working brain to be deluded by politicians.' It's more than just funny; it's been studied and proven to some extent in the lab. Let it serve as a cautionary tale this election year."