Scientists discover brain abnormality which could explain why Parkinson's ...

Why Parkinson's patients see ghosts: Scientists discover abnormality in frontal-temporal region of sufferers' brains that can cause hallucinations Half of Parkinson's sufferers experience 'presence hallucinations', scientists say A study using brain imaging and robotics has highlighted brain abnormalities Hallucinations often occur before other symptoms present themselves

By Jack Newman For Mailonline

Published: 16:03 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 16:03 BST, 1 May 2021

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Scientists have discovered a frontal-temporal disconnection which could explain why people with Parkinson's believe they can see ghosts.

Around half of people suffering with the disease experience 'presence hallucinations' which causes them to sense a shadowy presence nearby.

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The spontaneous nature of the event has made the phenomena hard to study.

Scientists have discovered a frontal-temporal disconnection which could explain why people with Parkinson's believe they can see ghosts

Scientists have discovered a frontal-temporal disconnection which could explain why people with Parkinson's believe they can see ghosts

PARKINSON'S DISEASE EXPLAINED 

Parkinson's disease affects one in 500 people, including about 145,000 individuals in the UK.

It causes muscle stiffness, slowness of movement, tremors, sleep disturbance, chronic fatigue, an impaired quality of life and can lead to severe disability.

It is a progressive neurological condition that destroys cells in the part of the brain that controls movement.

Sufferers are known to have diminished supplies of dopamine

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