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Jon Sarkin

Jon Sarkin

Jon Sarkin was a successful chiropractor until he suffered a brain aneurysm while golfing. While in surgery, Jon died on the table and doctors had to remove nearly half of his cerebellum to save his life. Jon couldn’t walk or talk for a year and he started drawing and painting as a way to communicate.

For Jon, making art isn’t an option: it’s his life and his curse. Jon’s condition is a rare one known as “acquired savant syndrome.” Some of the world’s most esteemed neurologists want to study his brain to understand his sudden compulsion to create art.

The researchers discover that Jon’s brain re-wired itself after the trauma. Functions that the cerebellum usually controls (motor control, attention span) have been re-routed to the frontal lobe, which usually handles high-level functions like abstract thinking, decision-making and creativity.

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