The Brain That Changes Itself

The Brain That Changes Itself 2

Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

by Norman Doidge

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/03/2010

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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.

ISBN:
9781921372742
9781921372742
Category:
Popular science
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-03-2010
Publisher:
Scribe Publications
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
448
Dimensions (mm):
210x136x29mm
Weight:
0.4kg
Norman Doidge

Norman Doidge, MD, is the author of the best-selling book, The Brain That Changes Itself: personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science, which has sold over one million copies worldwide.

Dr Doidge is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, author, essayist and poet. He is on the Research Faculty at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York, and the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry. He is a native of Toronto.

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  • Amazing!

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    This book is a must read for anyone interested in psychology or neuroscience - or even people who aren't! The stories are fascinating and it is so amazing to learn that our brains can do even more than we thought they could!

  • Readable brain neurophysiology

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    Doidge's book outlines in a clear and readable way practical ways to lessen the impact of brain/neurological dysfunction and the science which supports his suggestions. Recommended reading!