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Man with traumatic brain injury becomes mathematical genius

Brain injuries can lead to side effects that are difficult to cope with in West Virginia. For example, basic tasks such as catching a ball or applying makeup become time-consuming challenges. One person who suffers from traumatic brain injury, however, had the opposite happen to him: He became a brainiac in the area of math.

The man in 2002 was attacked near a bar and suffered a massive concussion as well as post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the incident. However, he became a math genius and now sees everything around him from the vantage point of geometry. This is surprising because the man, who sells furniture for a living, was previously never really interested in academics. The brain injury incident essentially unlocked a part of the brain that allows things around him to look like they have mathematical structures.

Like him, other people have been known to have enhanced artistic or musical abilities as a result of brain injury. Researches have uncovered which areas of the brain were rearranged as a result of the brain injury in the math genius’ brain. They say that these types of skills might actually be dormant in every human brain.

The negatives of the man’s situation, however, is that he does struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder and struggles to be in public. A traumatic brain injury can alter one’s entire life in a negative way, and if the injury stemmed from a car wreck or other accident that another person caused or contributed to, this other person may be held liable. A brain injury victim in West Virginia has the right to seek financial restitution that can help him or her to cover the cost of medical treatments and other expenses associated with the injury.

Source: The Washington Post, "A man became a math wiz after suffering brain injuries. Researchers think they know why.", Tanya Lewis, May 12, 2014

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