I will post thoughts and comments on story issues related to my expertise in Clinical Neuropsychology and my experience in screenwriting and fiction.
Since Clinical Neuropsychology deals with the brain related problems of humans, I will post on issues of character development in those with neurological disorders. These include problems such as Amnesia, Autism, Epilepsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia, and Stroke as well as rarer disorders such as Prosopagnosia and REM behavior disorder, among a host of others. About any brain issue that impacts behavior, personality, memory or cognition is a possibility for discussion on this blog.
An atypical brain does not always imply loss. Many writers are interested in developing characters with enhanced skills, enhanced brains or enhanced powers of consciousness and want to know if such scenarios are possible.
Portraying the professional, medical or rehabilitation setting as well as current brain imaging and technology used in stories also comes up frequently for writers.
I also invite, and will comment on and respond to questions and issues raised by writers who have a story question.
I hope this blog will be a place for writers to gather, to learn about and discuss ideas that will help to make good stories backed by good brain science.
If you want to submit a story question click here.
I welcome ideas for posts. If you'd like to suggest an idea, please either comment below or email me here.
Please check back often. I look forward to your comments.