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

Audio Book (CD) | April 19, 2011

byNorman Doidge

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?Fascinating. Doidge's book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.? ? Oliver Sacks The discovery that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains ? even into old age ? is the most important breakthrough in neuroscience in four centuries. In this revolutionary look at the brain, bestselling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they?ve transformed. Introducing principles we can all use as well as a riveting collection of case histories ? stroke patients cured, a woman with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, learning and emotional disorders overcome, IQs raised, and aging brains rejuvenated ? The Brain That Changes Itself has ?implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history? (The New York Times). Readers will want to read entire sections aloud and pass the book on to someone who can benefit from it?.Links scientific experimentation with personal triumph in a way that inspires awe.? - The Washington Post

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?Fascinating. Doidge's book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.? ? Oliver Sacks The discovery that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains ? even into old age ? is the most important breakthrough in neuroscience in four centuries. In this revolutionary look at th...

Norman Doidge is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He is on the research faculty at Columbia University's Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and on the faculty at the University of Toronto's Department of Psychiatry. He is the author of several books including The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from...

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Format:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:5.5 × 6.5 × 1.13 inPublished:April 19, 2011Publisher:Brilliance AudioLanguage:English

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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