The late, great Dr Oliver Sacks spent almost fifty years working as a neurologist and wrote many books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, Hallucinations, and his memoir, On the Move, which was published shortly before his death in August 2015. Watch these videos of him discussing the areas of neurology he addresses in his many works of non-fiction.

Face blindness

In this clip, Dr Sacks discusses the condition commonly known as face blindness – the difficulty some people have in recognising faces, even of those closest to them. This is a condition that he himself suffers from, and one he goes on to explore further in his book The Mind’s Eye.


Brainworms are songs that get stuck in your head and just won’t leave. In his book Musicophilia, Sacks looks at the potential causes of these hallucinations, and why they seem to be restricted to the auditory system.

Music and amensia recovery

Are you interested in how music can aid amnesiacs in the recovery process, as well as instilling them with a new sense of purpose? This is something Sacks explores in more detail in his book Musicophilia.


In this TED talk, Oliver Sacks addresses hallucinations experienced by the visually impaired, discussing the biology behind it, and the often amusing and heart-warming case studies of those who experience them. As someone who is blind in one eye, this is something that he has a personal interest in, and an issue he investigates in his book Hallucinations.