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Original Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 11:22:53 -0800
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Scientists lift the lid on a world of mythical creatures and strange
Scientists are working with film makers to raise awareness of a rare
brain condition where patients see a world of mythical creatures.
Experts at Cambridge University say the �30,000 project will help
people understand visual agnosia.
One patient who suffered a head injury in a car crash 24 years ago,
thinks an animal exists with the head of a rabbit and body of an
The 42-year-old man, called Phillip, is also unable to recognise the
faces of his wife and daughter.
Roz McCarthy, a neuropsychologist at Cambridge University, said: "He
goes home and knows the woman there is probably the same one he has
always lived with but is not totally sure until she speaks.
"Likewise he has problems identifying some animals and fruit and
vegetables. He will look at a sheep, a deer or even a bear and say
that they are fantastical creatures, they don't really exist."
As part of the study, Dr McCarthy is working on a series of one-minute
films with producer Emma Crichton-Miller, reports The Independent.
Ms Crichton-Miller said: "We're trying to represent how these people
see the world and bring this to as wide an audience as possible."
Story filed: 13:42 Saturday 2nd February 2002
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