Snippets from My Life Story
Years later, I discovered that lateral-hypothalamic damaged rats, in an open field enclosure would get trapped in a corner, making stereotypic movements over and over again. But who could study such movements? Choreographers studied movements, so I began to study dance choreography. At this point the coworkers in my field were sure that I had finally lost it: “now he is studying dance,” they said half-smiling.
After comparing various forms of dance notation, I decided that the Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation (EWMN) was the best form. It was practiced in Israel, so I applied to the Grant Foundation for funds to allow me to go to Israel to work with Ilan Golani on the recovery of movement in lateral hypothalamic rats and on the development of movement in intact infant rats, and study EWMN.
The Grant Foundation gave me a small grant of $10,000 which allowed me to do so. I also got a Fulbright fellowship that enabled me to live in Israel while studying the notation. Noa Eshkol assigned one of her students to teach me. Her name was Osnat Bone. We were married a few years later.