We all carry an invisible frame of reference in our heads that filters our experience. This episode looks at the role it plays in how we feel about our lives.
The main story is about a recent experiment that took place at Harvard. Researchers wanted to see if they could get people with Aspergers to see emotional and social cues in the same way that neurotypical people do if they stimulated the brain with magnets (a treatment called TMS). They found that some of the subjects in the study were able to see social cues in the world around them that had been entirely invisible to them before, but only for a brief window of time.
Alix and Hanna talk to a woman with Aspergers that took part in the study, and who gets a glimpse of what she’s been missing.