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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 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.

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 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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    Informative but easily understood

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        As well as the interesting personal histories this book provides essential information for those wishing to help or better understand where to get help for people who have suffered a brain injury, stroke, autism, learning disorders and even anxiety disorders. This book will give hope and inspire. An informative and enjoyable read about neuroplasticity that is easy to understand.

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        Thoroughly recommended

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          This book can be read and largely understood by anyone with an interest in brain functions. It is aimed at the lay reader, not necessarily the professional. Some of the neurological and anatomical terms may not be familiar to the lay person, but it is mostly easy to understand. For the enthusiastic medical amateur it is a fascinating read, and could be of particular help to people with some neurological problems-- not so much as a self-help book but it may help them to recognise that problems they thought were untreatable may be treatable,and encourage them to seek appropriate help. It is written in a clear, easy to read style, and the many case studies related maintain interest.

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            I bought this book to find out how the brain repairs and rejuvenates itself. Am doing Counselling and find it a valuable resource.

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            very insightful in regard to bilingual

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            I used it in family Law court to promote cultural benifits of bilingual homes

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            Great book

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                Note to the Reader     xv
                Preface     xvii
                A Woman Perpetually Falling...: Rescued by the Man Who Discovered the Plasticity of Our Senses     1
                Building Herself a Better Brain: A Woman Labeled "Retarded" Discovers How to Heal Herself     27
                Redesigning the Brain: A Scientist Changes Brains to Sharpen Perception and Memory, Increase Speed of Thought, and Heal Learning Problems     45
                Acquiring Tastes and Loves: What Neuroplasticity Teaches Us About Sexual Attraction and Love     93
                Midnight Resurrections: Stroke Victims Learn to Move and Speak Again     132
                Brain Lock Unlocked: Using Plasticity to Stop Worries, Obsessions, Compulsions, and Bad Habits     164
                Pain: The Dark Side of Plasticity     177
                Imagination: How Thinking Makes It So     196
                Turning Our Ghosts into Ancestors: Psychoanalysis as a Neuroplastic Therapy     215
                Rejuvenation: The Discovery of the Neuronal Stem Cell and Lessons for Preserving Our Brains     245
                More than the Sum of Her Parts: A Woman Shows Us How Radically Plastic the Brain Can Be     258
                The Culturally Modified Brain     287
                Plasticity and the Idea of Progress     313
                Acknowledgments     319
                Notes and References     323
                Index     409

                ISBN: 9781921372742
                ISBN-10: 1921372745
                Audience: General
                Format: Paperback
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 448
                Published: 1st March 2010
                Publisher: Scribe Publications
                Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.6
                Weight (kg): 21.0