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The Brain That Changes Itself : stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science - 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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    these types of publications travel outside accepted taught theories and so are more interesting!

     
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    It is a fascinating subject. I thoroughly recommend to anyone interested.

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

     
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    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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    'In the intrepid tradition of Oliver Sacks, Norman Doidge embarks on a fantastic voyage through the labyrinth of the human brain.'

    ISBN: 9781921753091
    ISBN-10: 1921753099
    Audience: General
    Format: ePUB
    Language: English
    Published: 3rd March 2008
    Publisher: Scribe Publications eBooks
    Country of Publication: AU
    Edition Number: 1