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 | March 15, 2007 | Hardcover

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories Of Personal Triumph From The Frontiers Of Brain Science is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they’ve transformed—people whose mental limitations or brain damage 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: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9.28 × 6.3 × 1.5 in

Published: March 15, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067003830X

ISBN - 13: 9780670038305

Found in: Health and Well Being

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense and Captivating!!! This book provides an in depth discussion of how the brain works. Norman Doidge has broken down the various functions of the brain into sizable chunks for us to understand and has supported his argument by real life studies. It refutes the theory that our brain is immutable and educates us that our brain is ever changing. Earlier, it was understood that every part of the brain had certain functions but now that perception has changed. When a particular area of the brain is affected, the other parts of the brain can be trained to take over the role that the affected part was playing. The effectiveness of this process is up to each individual. Real life examples in the book demonstrate that the brain can continue to be trained and developed but we must facilitate its growth by continuous learning and exercise. Reading this book inspired me to set out a schedule to spend time everyday doing mental exercises to continue to sharpen my brain and consequently, my thinking skills.
Date published: 2008-07-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Must Read: "The Brain that Changes Itself" "The Brain that Changes Itself" provides specific compelling evidence to show that these and other beliefs about the brain are dead wrong. Our brains are remarkably flexible, malleable... plastic. This basic point of the book is shown through a multitude of compelling examples. There is the story of the woman born with half a brain who is able to function almost completely normally. There is the story of the surgeon who had a stroke that paralyzed him on one side... only to have total and complete functionality restored to that side. All of these stories are backed up with rigorous scientific investigation and a complete set of notes.
Date published: 2008-01-03

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

by Norman Doidge

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9.28 × 6.3 × 1.5 in

Published: March 15, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067003830X

ISBN - 13: 9780670038305

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<svg:svg width="100%" height="100%" viewBox="0 0 1200 1600"><svg:image xlink:href="Images/cover.jpg" transform="translate(0 0)" width="1200" height="1600" /></svg:svg> 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 co
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An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they&#146;ve transformed&#151;people whose mental limitations or brain damage 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&#160;Columbia University&#8217;s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York, and on the faculty at the University of Toronto&#8217;s Department of Psychiatry.&#160;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.&#160;&#160;
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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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