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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.

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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An absolutely fascinating book, brilliantly written.

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

      Very interesting reading about a subject that the medical world is still learning about.

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      GREAT BOOK could not put it down

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        Great book, could not put it down. would recommend to everyone

         
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        Fascinating read, ground breaking info.

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

          Almost everyone would know someone with a brain injury or neural disfunction, this book will at the very least, give you a better understanding of what they're going through and how, with determination, much hope is possible. I bought one for a family member!

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              I have learnt so much about the human brain. It is beautifully written and can be understood at any level. I am so happy I brought this item. I highly recommend buying it, you won't regret it.
              I couldn't put the book down when I started reading it.

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              Hope..... opening our mind . Never stop

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                The book help me be able to be of help and understand my husband who just had a stroke.

                 
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                    This astounding, informative book gives information about how the brain can be utilised in the future. It encourages the reader to use the brain more wisely and to keep on using it into old age.

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                    Really remarkable ... haunting and memorable. (Northrop Frye) "The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility. Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff...with implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history."-The New York Times "Brilliant...Doidge has identified a tidal shift in basic science...The implications are monumental."-The London Times "Fascinating. Doidge's book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain."-Oliver Sacks, MD "Two years ago, when the journal Cerebrum at the Dana Foundation in the US updated its list of great books about the brain for the general reader, it found there were already 30,000 brain-related books in English. Aided by scientific advisers and readers, it produced a new list - with The Brain That Changes Itself at No. 1."-The Melbourne Age "Lucid and absolutely fascinating. It satisfies in equal measure the mind and heart."-The Chicago Tribune "Doidge turns everything we thought we knew about the brain upside down."-Publisher's Weekly "Brilliant...This book is a wonderful and engaging way or re-imagining what kind of creatures we are."-Jeanette Winterson, novelist, Order of the British Empire, Guardian, Best Book of 2008 "Superb. Brilliant. I devoured it." -V.S. Ramachandran, MD, PHD, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, Univeristy of California, San Diego, Author of Phantoms of the Brain "Doidge... is a master ... at explaining science to the rest of us. Doidge is the best possible guide. You don't have to be a brain surgeon to read it, just curious about your brain. Buy this book. Your brain will thank you."-The Globe and Mail "Readers will want to read entire sections aloud and pass the book on to someone who can benefit from it. [Doidge] links scientific experimentation with personal triumph in a way that inspires awe"-Washington Post "Doidge tells one spell-binding story after another as he travels the globe interviewing the scientists and their subjects who are on the cutting edge of a new age. It may be hard to imagine that a book so rich in science can also be a page-turner, but this one is hard to set down." -Jeff Zimman, Posit Science, e-newsletter "The most readable and best general treatment of this subject to date." - Michael M. Merzenich, Ph.D., Keck Center for Integrative Neurosciences University of California at San Francisco "A riveting, essential book... These stories are most emotionally satisfying. Doidge addresses how cultural influences literally "shape" our brain. [And]....our response to the world around us is not only a social or psychological phenomenon, but often a lasting neurological process."-- Montreal Gazette, Liam Durcan, MD, Neurologist & Novelist "A hymn to life."-Panorama Italy "The Brain That Changes Itself...is without question the most important book of the year, and maybe the most important book we have ever read."-Kiril Sokoloff, 13D Research Inc "This books is like discovering that the earth isn't flat."-Gretel Killeen, Sun Herald, "The Books That Changed Me" "A rich banquet of brain-mind plasticity, communicated in a brilliantly clear writing style."-Jaak Panksepp, Ph.D., Head, Affective Neuroscience Research, Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics, Northwestern University; "A masterfully guided tour through the burgeoning field of neuroplasticity research."- Discover Magazine "Norman Doidge has shown that what and how we think can change our brains. He has illuminated the foundations of psychological healing."- Charles Hanly, Ph.D.President, International Psychoanalytical Association "Astonishing. This book will inevitably draw comparisons to the work of Oliver Sacks. Doidge has a prodigious gift for rendering the highly technical highly readable. It's hard to imagine a more exciting topic--or a better introduction to it."- Kitchener Waterloo Record "Perfect for fans of Oliver Sacks"-Quill & Quire "Beautifully written and brings life and clarity to a variety of neuropsychiatric problems that affect children and adults... It reads a bit like a science detective story and -you do not need a Ph.D. to benefit from the wisdom imparted here."- Barbara Milrod, M.D. Psychiatry, Weill Medical College, Cornell University, New York "A panoramic examination of plasticity's profound implications. " -Toronto Daily Star "An eloquently written book about the boundless potential of the human brain.- The Jewish Week "Norman Doidge has written a fascinating, highly readable account of the new brain science." -John Cornwell, Literary Review, England "You really should read this book... this remarkable work will lead us to see ourselves in a new light." -Mail on Sunday, England "An 'essential primer' for anyone who wants to better understand their own brains and the considerable advances in neuroscience of the past two decades."-Melbourne Age "A book that everybody should read... it is nothing short of miraculous. Get it!"-Yoko Ono, Yoko Reads Book Recommendations "Fascinating ... Doidge has accomplished a rare feat. He has written a book that accurately conveys cutting-edge scientific discoveries while simultaneously engaging both scientific and popular audiences."-Neuro-Psychoanalysis "A remarkable book ... a highly readable exploration of a branch of science that has the potential to change all our lives."-Hobart Mercury "Why isn't this book on the top of the bestseller list of all time? The recognition that the brain in plastic and can actually change itself with exercise and understanding is a huge leap in the history or mankind, far greater than landing on the moon."- Jane S. Hall, International Psychoanalysis "Only a few decades ago, scientists considered the brain to be fixed or 'hardwired' and considered most forms of brain damage, therefore, to be incurable. Dr. Doidge, an eminent psychiatrist and researcher, was struck by how his patients' own transformations belied this and set out to explore the new science of neuroplasticity by interviewing both scientific pioneers in neuroscience, and patients who have benefited from neurorehabilitation. Here he describes in fascinating personal narratives how the brain, far from being fixed, has remarkable powers of changing its own structure and compensating for even the most challenging neurological conditions. Doidge's book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain."- Oliver Sack, MD, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility. Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff...with implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history. -The New York Times Brilliant...Doidge has identified a tidal shift in basic science...The implications are monumental. -The London Times Fascinating. Doidge s book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain. -Oliver Sacks, MD Two years ago, when the journal Cerebrum at the Dana Foundation in the US updated its list of great books about the brain for the general reader, it found there were already 30,000 brain-related books in English. Aided by scientific advisers and readers, it produced a new list - with The Brain That Changes Itself at No. 1. -The Melbourne Age Lucid and absolutely fascinating. It satisfies in equal measure the mind and heart. -The Chicago Tribune Doidge turns everything we thought we knew about the brain upside down. -Publisher s Weekly Brilliant...This book is a wonderful and engaging way or re-imagining what kind of creatures we are. -Jeanette Winterson, novelist, Order of the British Empire, Guardian, Best Book of 2008 Superb. Brilliant. I devoured it. -V.S. Ramachandran, MD, PHD, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, Univeristy of California, San Diego, Author of Phantoms of the Brain Doidge... is a master ... at explaining science to the rest of us. Doidge is the best possible guide. You don t have to be a brain surgeon to read it, just curious about your brain. Buy this book. Your brain will thank you. -The Globe and Mail Readers will want to read entire sections aloud and pass the book on to someone who can benefit from it. [Doidge] links scientific experimentation with personal triumph in a way that inspires awe -Washington Post Doidge tells one spell-binding story after another as he travels the globe interviewing the scientists and their subjects who are on the cutting edge of a new age. It may be hard to imagine that a book so rich in science can also be a page-turner, but this one is hard to set down. -Jeff Zimman, Posit Science, e-newsletter The most readable and best general treatment of this subject to date. - Michael M. Merzenich, Ph.D., Keck Center for Integrative Neurosciences University of California at San Francisco A riveting, essential book These stories are most emotionally satisfying. Doidge addresses how cultural influences literally "shape" our brain. [And] .our response to the world around us is not only a social or psychological phenomenon, but often a lasting neurological process. Montreal Gazette, Liam Durcan, MD, Neurologist & Novelist A hymn to life. -Panorama Italy The Brain That Changes Itself...is without question the most important book of the year, and maybe the most important book we have ever read. -Kiril Sokoloff, 13D Research Inc This books is like discovering that the earth isn t flat. -Gretel Killeen, Sun Herald, The Books That Changed Me A rich banquet of brain-mind plasticity, communicated in a brilliantly clear writing style. -Jaak Panksepp, Ph.D., Head, Affective Neuroscience Research, Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics, Northwestern University; A masterfully guided tour through the burgeoning field of neuroplasticity research. - Discover Magazine Norman Doidge has shown that what and how we think can change our brains. He has illuminated the foundations of psychological healing. - Charles Hanly, Ph.D.President, International Psychoanalytical Association Astonishing. This book will inevitably draw comparisons to the work of Oliver Sacks. Doidge has a prodigious gift for rendering the highly technical highly readable. It's hard to imagine a more exciting topic--or a better introduction to it. - Kitchener Waterloo Record Perfect for fans of Oliver Sacks -Quill & Quire Beautifully written and brings life and clarity to a variety of neuropsychiatric problems that affect children and adults... It reads a bit like a science detective story and -you do not need a Ph.D. to benefit from the wisdom imparted here. - Barbara Milrod, M.D. Psychiatry, Weill Medical College, Cornell University, New York A panoramic examination of plasticity's profound implications. -Toronto Daily Star An eloquently written book about the boundless potential of the human brain.- The Jewish Week Norman Doidge has written a fascinating, highly readable account of the new brain science. -John Cornwell, Literary Review, England You really should read this book... this remarkable work will lead us to see ourselves in a new light. -Mail on Sunday, England An 'essential primer for anyone who wants to better understand their own brains and the considerable advances in neuroscience of the past two decades. -Melbourne Age A book that everybody should read... it is nothing short of miraculous. Get it! -Yoko Ono, Yoko Reads Book Recommendations Fascinating Doidge has accomplished a rare feat. He has written a book that accurately conveys cutting-edge scientific discoveries while simultaneously engaging both scientific and popular audiences. -Neuro-Psychoanalysis A remarkable book ... a highly readable exploration of a branch of science that has the potential to change all our lives. -Hobart Mercury Why isn't this book on the top of the bestseller list of all time? The recognition that the brain in plastic and can actually change itself with exercise and understanding is a huge leap in the history or mankind, far greater than landing on the moon. - Jane S. Hall, International Psychoanalysis Only a few decades ago, scientists considered the brain to be fixed or hardwired and considered most forms of brain damage, therefore, to be incurable. Dr. Doidge, an eminent psychiatrist and researcher, was struck by how his patients own transformations belied this and set out to explore the new science of neuroplasticity by interviewing both scientific pioneers in neuroscience, and patients who have benefited from neurorehabilitation. Here he describes in fascinating personal narratives how the brain, far from being fixed, has remarkable powers of changing its own structure and compensating for even the most challenging neurological conditions. Doidge s book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain. - Oliver Sack, MD, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" "Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff with implications for all human beings." -"The New York Times" "A remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain." -Oliver Sacks "The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility." -"The New York Times" aMind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff with implications for all human beings.a a"The New York Times" aA remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.a aOliver Sacks aThe power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility.a a"The New York Times" Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff with implications for all human beings. "The New York Times" A remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain. Oliver Sacks The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility. "The New York Times"

                    ISBN: 9780143113102
                    ISBN-10: 0143113100
                    Series: James H. Silberman Books
                    Audience: General
                    For Grades: 12+
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 427
                    Published: 1st January 2008
                    Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
                    Country of Publication: AU
                    Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 3.18
                    Weight (kg): 0.34