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The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science (James H. Silberman Books)


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galatyk, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by galatyk)
Fascinating, inspiring, and at times jaw-dropping. Well written, easily understand, and encouraged further questioning and wondering.
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Bridget McKenna, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Bridget McKenna)
This is a triumphantly good book. Good because it presents a fascinating, complex subject in a simple and compelling way, in clear and elegant language; triumphant because it brings to our attention the astounding potential we all carry around with us in our skulls, every single day of our lives, and reveals stories of individual, personal triumphs of neuroplasticity and human flexibility.

Dr. Doidge has accomplished something really special with this book. Here is an education in the modern understandings of neuroplasticity presented for the layperson. Here also are thrilling stories of brave patients and risk-taking scientists, a history of nervous system paradigms and how they have shaped the realm of the possible in brain science, exciting new revelations, and dozens of "Aha!" moments. This brain of which he writes so compellingly, and which is capable of such miracles, is your brain and mine, and it's capable of much, much more than we've been giving it credit for. Read and be amazed at yourself.
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salger, August 16, 2009 (view all comments by salger)
I have recommended this book to dozens of friends. From my perspective, to be bold, this book should change your life. At minimum, it will change the way you think about the way you structure even the most mundane of your everyday activities. It's a fascinating bit of storytelling about the science behind the great capacities of the human mind. There is much to discover here.
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crowyhead, March 1, 2008 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is an absolutely fascinating book about how neurologists have discovered in the past thirty years or so that the human brain is much, much more resilient and plastic than it was believed to be for a long time. Neurologists used to think that everyone's brain map was basically the same, with functions like sight or hearing in pretty much the same place, and that if those sections of the brain were damaged, then the function they controlled would be permanently impaired. This didn't explain, however, people who were born with sections of their brain missing, yet still were able to live normal or almost normal lives, nor did it explain why some people who suffered strokes were able to regain skills that should have been lost forever. Doige profiles some of the most innovative neurologists in the field, and discusses case histories of individuals who exemplify the brain's plasticity.

There was only one section of the book where I felt Doige was dodging some issues. In the chapter on sexuality, he discusses the role that neuroplasticity might feature in the case of fetishes or addiction to pornography. He stops short, however, of the risky topic of what neuroplasticity might mean in the case of sexual orientation. I understand that this is a controversial topic and that he (and other researchers) might want to avoid it, but it struck me as rather disengenuous to gloss over it completely.
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Doidge, Norman
Penguin Books
Hurley, Dan
Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Neurology - General
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Cognitive Psychology
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Trade paper
James H. Silberman Books
Publication Date:
December 2007
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from 12
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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You can change your brain! Neuroplasticity is the new gospel for remapping your brain and making real changes to not only the way you think but how your brain is actually wired. Using this new science, medical conditions previously thought of as untreatable are cured, damaged sense organs are restored, and learning disorders are solved. If stroke patients can learn to walk and talk again in spite of damaged brains, then surely there is hope for the rest of us to manage our daily anxieties and undesirable behaviors. Dive into the future of neuroscience with this amazing book.

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Can you make yourself, your kids, and your parents smarter?

Expanding upon one of the most-read New York Times Magazine features of 2012, Smarter penetrates the hot new field of intelligence research to reveal what researchers call a revolution in human intellectual abilities. Shattering decades of dogma, scientists began publishing studies in 2008 showing that “fluid intelligence”—the ability to learn, solve novel problems, and get to the heart of things—can be increased through training.

But is it all just hype? With vivid stories of lives transformed, science journalist Dan Hurley delivers practical findings for people of every age and ability. Along the way, he narrates with acidtongued wit his experiences as a human guinea pig, road-testing commercial brain-training programs, learning to play the Renaissance lute, getting physically fit, even undergoing transcranial directcurrent stimulation.

Smarter speaks to the audience that made bestsellers out of Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain and Moonwalking with Einstein.

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What is neuroplasticity? Is it possible to change your brain? Norman Doidge’s inspiring guide to the new brain science explains all of this and more
An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable, and proving that it is, in fact, possible to change your brain. Psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity, its healing powers, and the people whose lives they’ve transformed—people whose mental limitations, brain damage or brain trauma 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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