Brain Surgery Turns Man into a Johnny Cash Fan

That squishy bit between our ears is still very much undiscovered country.  While we have an idea of how the brain works on a superficial level, there’s a lot we don’t understand.  Like what causes Alzheimer’s. Or what allows for consciousness.  Or musical taste.

Wait. Back up.  A lot of our musical tastes come from the nurturing aspects of our  environment. But not always.

Take the case of a Dutch man who suffered from terrible obsessive compulsive disorder. After exhausting all the conventional OCD treatments, doctors decided to go with deep brain stimulation, a process whereby an electrode is planted in the brain.

It seemed to work.  But then the 60 year-old patient reported that Johnny Cash’s deep baritone provided him with some extra comfort.  “Ring of Fire” seems to work the best.

And interesting thing happened when the battery powering his deep brain stimulation device went flat: so did the patient’s taste for Johnny Cash.

Cash is the only thing this man will listen to now.  Read the whole story at the Daily Mail.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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