Was It A Rat I Saw is a psychological thriller involving real-life split brain research, animal rights, and a love quadrangle. In Rat, a brain patient witnesses a murder with the half of his brain that no longer has access to language. He and a researcher race against time to figure out what he knows before the killer gets to him and her.
Each Friday in August and September, 2013, a section of Was It A Rat I Saw will link from this page (scroll – links are below). Five sections, five Fridays, beginning August 2.
And now… let the reading begin!
WAS IT A RAT I SAW
by Sue Perry
The people and events in this book are fictional.
The split brain phenomena, however, are factual.
Part 1 – The Average Evoked Potential
Electrical activity in the brain that is characteristic of a particular stimulus or effort is called an average evoked potential.
Part Two – Kindling
The hallmark of a healthy brain is inhibition – the state in which neurons resist firing. If there is too much excitation – too many neurons reacting – each firing can then activate yet more neurons. This process is called kindling and can herald an epileptic seizure.
Part Three – Synesthesia
In some brains, a phenomenon called synesthesia occurs: a mingling of sensory experiences, in which colors might be tasted, sounds may be felt, odors can take on visual dimensions.
Part Four – Chaotic Dynamics
From astrophysics to neurobiology, studies of the universe strive to find order and define patterns, even though, under and behind those patterns lies unpredictability, randomness. Or so it’s been thought until recently. Order has been discovered within that disorder, linking otherwise disparate fields: there may exist deep kinship between the firings of neurons and the drought cycle of the Nile and the behavior of subatomic particles and the swirls of a cigarette’s smoke. Investigation into the rules of randomness is a science called chaotic dynamics, which may some day predict the unpredictable, once it understands the pull of “strange attractors” and the other laws of chaos.
Part Five – Epilogue