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The Brain That Changes Itself : stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science - MD, Norman Doidge

The Brain That Changes Itself

stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science

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An astonishing new scientific discovery called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the adult human brain is fixed and unchanging. It is, instead, able to change its own structure and function, even into old age.



Psychiatrist and researcher Norman Doidge, MD, travelled around the United States to meet the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity, and the people whose lives they’ve transformed — people whose mental limitations or brain damage were previously seen as unalterable, and whose conditions had long been dismissed as hopeless.



We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole; a woman labelled retarded who cured her deficits with brain exercises and now cures those of others; blind people who learn to see; learning disorders cured; IQs raised; ageing brains rejuvenated; stroke patients recovering their faculties; children with cerebral palsy learning to move more gracefully; entrenched depression and anxiety disappearing; and lifelong character traits changed.



Doidge takes us onto terrain that might seem fantastic. We learn that our thoughts can switch our genes on and off, altering our brain anatomy. We learn how people of average intelligence can, with brain exercises, improve their cognition and perception, develop muscle strength, or learn to play a musical instrument — simply by imagining doing so.



Using personal stories from the heart of this neuroplasticity revolution, 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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Worth Every Cent

By Rob

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Pros

  • Deeply Informative
  • Groundbreaking Research
  • Innovative Ideas
  • Rich Resource
  • Well Written

Cons

  • Too Medical

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  • Reference
  • Science readers

Comments about The Brain That Changes Itself:

The book is very well written and informative, although it may be too technical/medical for some readers.

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4.0

Curious Factor Huge

By SuziQ

from Brisbane

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Pros

  • Deeply Informative
  • Groundbreaking Research
  • Infinite Possibilities
  • Mindblowing
  • Rich Resource
  • Thought provoking
  • True Testing

Cons

  • Animal Testing
  • Brainiac Self Help
  • Hard Going at Times
  • Limited Appeal

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  • Brainy Person Gift
  • Older Readers
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Comments about The Brain That Changes Itself:

Not your typical self help book but definately gets the brain activated just thinking of the endless possibilities. Emotional highs by understanding the help it gives to people from all walks of life who were thought 'incurable" or in the 'too hard basket'. I don't condone cruelty to animals however these animals were well cared for even if they were used as experiments, it wouldn't have to be that way if humans volunteered for the experiments themselves, but that will never happen. Without this research so many lives, worldwide, would be in a dark, uncommunitive place. This book humbled and excited me. It has taught me to appreciate what I have and to know that 'I CAN' !

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ISBN: 9781921753091
ISBN-10: 1921753099
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Published: 24th February 2010
Edition Number: 1