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The Brain That Changes Itself: stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science by [Doidge MD, Norman]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1025 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Scribe (3 March 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921753099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921753091
  • ASIN: B005Z6YHEY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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For those of you who grew up with classically trained Freud and Jung, this is a breath of fresh air. People can and do change after seven years of age.

For those of you who were shown MRIs and told this part of brain carried out this function, here is new research showing the brain is flexible and can be reprogrammed. The more a function is used, the more space is devoted to a function.

For those taught in school the brain stops growing after puberty, here is evidence the brain grows new cells until the last few weeks of life.
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I have zero medical training. I know nothing about psychology. The book was recommended to me by my physiotherapist when talking about my chronic pain, although I don't think she expected me to actually buy and read it. I can hardly put it down. It's very well written, and explained in a way that even I understand. So glad I have this book
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Amazing really. How plastic is the brain. This is a way to practice your own healing by reconnecting to the brain. I have always experienced that there is more to the brain after my healing form a stroke many years ago before I read this book. Great confirmation about the healing properties of the boy if we spend time listening to it.
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Doidge paints a highly encouraging picture of the research and discovery related to the function and virtually unknown world of how the brain operates and heals itself. For the unenlightened reader it is a journey into a world of discovery that requires extremely pains taking work by very dedicated scientists and medical researchers. And the book talks about genuine cases, where people have suffered debilitating brain injuries and recovered to lead a normal life again, over time. For a lay person, it is a book that sheds some light on a virtually unknown area of the human anatomy and literally the most important, albeit the most complex part of it. Stroke for one thing in many cases is a highly common, disastrous and debilitating injury to the brain. And though it is essentially life threatening, recovery is possible though it can be painfully slow as well. What Doidge talks about is cutting edge material into a world that is unbelievably complex. One has to applaud the scientists and researchers, involved in this very urgent, yet painstaking work. It is said that the incidence of stroke, is frightfully common. This book by Doidge, is an important, well founded insight into a world, the vast majority of us know so very little about.
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I like the story/example style of explaining the subject. It creates interest and explains the concepts in a way that I can relate to. The concept of brain plasticity is fascinating as discussed in this book.
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Loved this book, really didn't want it to end. The children's educational needs chapters were a must read for any parent with a special needs child. The parts regarding vivisection were confronting but necessary and handled with care. Especially the parts about testing on primates. An uplifting and informative read.
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Well-written and clear. Full of clinical anecdotes of interest to both the layperson and seasoned clinician. Highly recommended and provided useful insights into the plasticity of the brain.
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I found ths informative and very interesting. Only criticism I have is that at times it got weighed down by too much heavy wording. Glad I got it tho.
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