Deep Brain Stimulation Accidentally Turns Man Into Fervid Johnny Cash Fan
Deep brain stimulation turned the Dutch man into one of the world’s biggest Johnny Cash fans. The man goes my the name of Mr. B. in the medical literature, and he has has suffered from a severe form of obsessive compulsive disorder since he was 13. In an attempt to treat his symptoms, doctors implanted electrodes in the then-59-year-old’s nucleus accumbens, the part of the brain that plays a role in reward, impulse, addiction, and reinforcement.
Then something bizarre happened. Nicky Woolf, writing for the Guardian: "Over the course of the next six months, an unexpected side effect started to emerge. It first happened, according to the report, when Mr B happened to hear the Johnny Cash song Ring of Fire on the radio. “From this moment on,” the report says, “Mr B kept listening simply and solely to Johnny Cash and bought all his CDs and DVDs.”