Switched On

by Author John Elder Robison

  • Publisher Spiegel & Grau
  • Year published 2016
  • ISBN: ISBN 978-0812996890
  • Number of pages 296 pages
  • WorldCat

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Book description

In 2007 John Elder Robison wrote the international bestseller Look Me in the Eye, a memoir about growing up with Asperger’s syndrome. Amid the blaze of publicity that followed, he received a unique invitation: Would John like to take part in a study led by one of the world’s foremost neuroscientists, who would use an experimental new brain therapy known as TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, in an effort to understand and then address the issues at the heart of autism? Switched On is the extraordinary story of what happened next as a research subject in a brain study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital at Harvard Medical School. ebook icon Audio book icon


Reading icon imageSenior, Jennifer. "In Switched On, John Elder Robison's Asperger's Brain Is Changed." The New York Times Books. March 20, 2016

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About the Author
Author description

John Elder Robison is a world-recognized authority on life with autism, and the New York Times bestselling author of Look Me in the EyeBe Different and Raising Cubby. Robison is the neurodiversity scholar in residence at the College of William & Mary, and he serves on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, which produces the U.S. government’s strategic plan for autism spectrum disorder research. He is an active speaker and an advocate for people on the autism spectrum. Robison grew up in the 1960s before the breadth of the autism spectrum was fully understood, so he was not diagnosed with Asperger's until age 40. After dropping out of high school, he worked in the music business where he created sound effects and electronic devices, the best known of which were the signature guitars he built for KISS. A machine aficionado and avid photographer, Robison lives with his family in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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