BBC Horizon programme ‘The Man Who Lost His Body’ from 1998 – overview:
- Ian Waterman had a virus at 19 which left him unable to control his body (Youtube part 1, see below).
- Eventually diagnosed as ‘sensory neuropathy’ (part 2).
- Jonathan Cole, Universities of Southampton & Bournemouth.
- Learned to control limbs again through visual feedback.
- Persevered to recreate gesture.
- Verves as ‘multi-strand’ fibres. Damage to main motor fibres.
- Comparison with limb control of weightless astronauts (part 3).
- Normal development of babies: thinking about movement and learning then becomes unconscious.
- Charles Fried, Pittsburgh – virus at 60; less plasticity to compensate.
- David McNeill, Chicago: Gesture – natural; synchronized with speech – instinctive to language.
- Gesturing controlled by imagining where hands are (part 4).
- Brain scanning with/without visual feedback – different parts of brain.
The programme is based on the book ‘Pride and a Daily Marathon’ by Jonathan Cole.