The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

by Norman Doidge

Penguin Publishing Group | March 15, 2007 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

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

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Published: March 15, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 1101147113

ISBN - 13: 9781101147115

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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: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 15, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101147113

ISBN - 13: 9781101147115

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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 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.