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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 04, 2006 – For years the doctrine of neuroscientists has been that the brain is a machine: break a part and you lose that function permanently. But more and more evidence is turning up to show that the brain can rewire itself, even in the face of catastrophic trauma: essentially, the functions of the brain can be strengthened just like a weak muscle. Scientists have taught a woman with damaged inner ears, who for five years had had "a sense of perpetual falling," to regain her sense of balance with a sensor on her tongue, and a stroke victim to recover the ability to walk although 97% of the nerves from the cerebral cortex to the spine were destroyed. With detailed case studies reminiscent of Oliver Sachs, combined with extensive interviews with lead researchers, Doidge, a research psychiatrist and psychoanalyst at Columbia and the University of Toronto, slowly turns everything we thought we knew about the brain upside down. He is, perhaps, overenthusiastic about the possibilities, believing that this new science can fix every neurological problem, from learning disabilities to blindness. But Doidge writes interestingly and engagingly about some of the least understood marvels of the brain.

Customer Reviews

Mind blowing.

This will forever change the way we look at the brain. The plasticity of the brain is one of the most in important discoveries of human kind. Thank you for writing this and sharing these stories. If there is one thing to be learned by reading this book it is this: anything is possible.

Must read!

This book is absolutely fascinating. I was always interested in neuroscience - and astronomy because those are the two final frontiers. The more we study about them the less we actually know! Two fascinating fields indeed! I am giving this book 5 stars! Pick up a copy now you will love it!

Simply Amazing!

This book has excited me in so many ways. If you are interested in some of the history and evidence behind the new idea of neuroplasticity, this is the book for you! I am a pre-med student majoring in neuroscience and this book is one of my most adored in my collection. It takes you on a wonderful journey, I would recommend this to anyone!

The Brain That Changes Itself
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  • $14.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Psychology
  • Published: Mar 15, 2007
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 448 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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