The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories Of Personal Triumph From The Frontiers Of Brain Science

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The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories Of Personal Triumph From The Frontiers Of Brain Science

by Norman Doidge

Penguin Publishing Group | December 18, 2007 | Trade Paperback

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories Of Personal Triumph From The Frontiers Of Brain Science is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.

What is neuroplasticity? Is it possible to change your brain? Norman Doidge’s inspiring guide to the new brain science explains all of this and more

An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable, and proving that it is, in fact, possible to change your brain. Psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity, its healing powers, and the people whose lives they’ve transformed—people whose mental limitations, brain damage or brain trauma were seen as unalterable. We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, blind people who learn to see, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, stroke patients learning to speak, children with cerebral palsy learning to move with more grace, depression and anxiety disorders successfully treated, and lifelong character traits changed. Using these marvelous stories to probe mysteries of the body, emotion, love, sex, culture, and education, Dr. Doidge has written an immensely moving, inspiring book that will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.41 × 5.43 × 0.92 in

Published: December 18, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143113100

ISBN - 13: 9780143113102

Found in: Health and Well Being
Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from So interesting how the brain can function We may not get the “long term” help from Hospital but you can see that by not giving up, what one can accomplish! Don't give up.
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book on brain plasticity I love learning about the brain and this is an excellent book on the myriad functions of the brains and its plasticity. Doidge keeps the language simple as much as possible, explains the complicated science and neurological functions in grounded terminology with a humanistic edge. The books explain the impact of various chronic illnesses on the brain and new innovations that are helping patients reverse their illness by taking a new approach on retraining the brain and improving their lives. It takes the fear of old age and brain degeneration. Great read!
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ever changing self I love biology, on the brain, how it works and comes together to play such an integral role in making us who we are as humans and as individuals. "The Brain That Changes Itself" proves to be a fascinating read with all its intriguing case studies, and sectioning of its material based on how a changing brain is involved in different aspects of our lives. Admittedly, it did take a very long time for me to get through it since it required a lot of absorption, placing and framing it in the right part of my brain (I'm chalking this one to how I've lost touch with my love of science since my university days). Doidge does the best he can with presenting the information in layman's terms to make it understandable but not too simplistic, therefore making it a well-received perennial bestseller.
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from life altering Perhaps life altering is a strong statement but that is what this book is to me. Even when I read the first several pages, I became very excited about the possibilities of maintaining and even improving my mental focus and memory and processing. The book explains why, for example, mental decline starting in mid-life is not necessarily inevitable. It discusses the science behind techniques of recovering from stroke, or from neurological injury. Most non-fiction books cannot keep my attention, but this book kept me going right to the end. Very readable and full of solid science to back-up each section. Interesting stories of real humans. Very strongly recommend it for anyone who is interested in keeping his wits about him as long as possible.
Date published: 2009-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very interesting but a little dry. Good explaination of many of the current trends in brain research. The author tries to bring all the scientific knowledge down to a personal level. The author tries not to include to much technical material but the book can be a little dry at times. Great book if you are interested in the brain or have had or know someone who has had a brain injury or stroke.
Date published: 2007-12-21

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The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories Of Personal Triumph From The Frontiers Of Brain Science

by Norman Doidge

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.41 × 5.43 × 0.92 in

Published: December 18, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143113100

ISBN - 13: 9780143113102

About the Book

An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives theyve transformed. From stroke patients learning to speak again to the remarkable case of a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, "The Brain That Changes Itself" will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.

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PENGUIN BOOKS THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and researcher on the faculty at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York and the University of Toronto’s department of psychiatry, as well as an author, essayist, and poet. He is a four-time recipient of Canada’s National Magazine Gold Award. He divides his time between Toronto and New York.   A Slate Pick for a Best Book of the Year A Globe & Mail Best Book of the Year Praise for The Brain That Changes Itself   “Doidge’s book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain. . . . Only a few decades ago, scientists considered the brain to be fixed or ‘hardwired,’ and considered most forms of brain damage, therefore, to be incurable. Dr. Doidge, an eminent psychiatrist and researcher, was struck by how his patients’ own transformations belied this, and set out to explore the new science of neuroplasticity by interviewing both scientific pioneers in neuroscience and patients who have benefited from neurorehabilitation. Here he describes in fascinating personal narratives how the brain, far from being fixed, has remarkable powers of changing its own structure and compensating for even the most challenging neurological conditions.” —Oliver Sacks “In bookstores, the science aisle generally lies well away from the self-help section,
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What is neuroplasticity? Is it possible to change your brain? Norman Doidge’s inspiring guide to the new brain science explains all of this and more

An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable, and proving that it is, in fact, possible to change your brain. Psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity, its healing powers, and the people whose lives they’ve transformed—people whose mental limitations, brain damage or brain trauma were seen as unalterable. We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, blind people who learn to see, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, stroke patients learning to speak, children with cerebral palsy learning to move with more grace, depression and anxiety disorders successfully treated, and lifelong character traits changed. Using these marvelous stories to probe mysteries of the body, emotion, love, sex, culture, and education, Dr. Doidge has written an immensely moving, inspiring book that will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.

About the Author

Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and New York Times bestselling author. He is on the Research Faculty at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York, and on the faculty at the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry. He and his work have been profiled and cited in, among others, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, Scientific American Mind, Melbourne Age, The Guardian, The Harvard Review of Psychiatry, Psychology Today, O The Oprah Magazine, and the National Review.  
 

Editorial Reviews

“The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility. Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff...with implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history.” -The New York Times “Brilliant...Doidge has identified a tidal shift in basic science...The implications are monumental.” -The London Times “Fascinating. Doidge’s book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.” -Oliver Sacks, MD “Two years ago, when the journal Cerebrum at the Dana Foundation in the US updated its list of great books about the brain for the general reader, it found there were already 30,000 brain-related books in English. Aided by scientific advisers and readers, it produced a new list - with The Brain That Changes Itself at No. 1.” -The Melbourne Age “Lucid and absolutely fascinating. It satisfies in equal measure the mind and heart.” -The Chicago Tribune “Doidge turns everything we thought we knew about the brain upside down.” -Publisher’s Weekly “Brilliant...This book is a wonderful and engaging way or re-imagining what kind of creatures we are.” -Jeanette Winterson, novelist, Order of the British Empire, Guardian, Best Book of 2008 “Superb. Brilliant. I devoured it.”  -V.S. Ramachandran, MD, PHD, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, Univeristy of California, San Dieg
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Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18