Through the Looking Glass of Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
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In Lewis Carroll’s classic book Alice in Wonderland, Alice finds herself growing significantly after eating a cake while the objects around her remain small. The rare condition Todd's Syndrome, also commonly called Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, is likely caused by a change in the parietal lobe that causes a disruption in processing perceptions of the environment. During typical episodes, objects or body parts appear smaller or larger than their actual size. An MRI scan of a patient during an episode found electrical activity that was causing abnormal blood flow in the parts of the brain that control vision and process texture, shape and size. Estimating the number of people suffering from this syndrome is difficult, as many are reluctant to admit that they experience the symptoms but researchers are investigating a hereditary link.
She went to lie down and I sat beside her, stroking her head. After a few minutes, she looked up at me and said, “Everything in the room looks really small.” And I suddenly remembered: When I was young, I too would “see things far away,” as I once described it to my mother — as if everything in ...
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