Assault victims' brains shaken and stirred

In a recent Birmingham Perspective article, Dr Ian Mitchell highlights the delibitating short term effects of a traumatic brain injury, and notes that Bond's beatings would leave Britain's best-loved spy with double-o vision.

MI6’s finest, James Bond, often takes a good beating in the service of his country at the hands of them henchman of his adversaries. He’ll collapse, barely conscious, with blood dripping from the corner of his mouth. We cheer his remarkable recovery before he speeds away in his gadget strewn supercar to save the day and bed the leading lady before the credits roll. But how close is this to reality?

Physical assault often results in damage to the brain even if the head appears to be relatively intact. A blow to the head can cause the brain to move rapidly within the skull, shaken and stirred if you will, and can then stop abruptly. The damage can be to specific structures, or scattered with small bruises scattered about the surface. Read the full Birmingham Perspective article

Dr Ian Mitchell is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, interested in in the neurobiological basis of offending behaviour and some psychiatric conditions. He is also the author of the book 'Broken Brains'.