Amazing, incredible, inspiring! The best book on the workings of the mind! Dr. Doidge, author, is your personal private detective, hunting down the modern day heroes of the neurological profession, to unveil systematically the research that can relieve suffering for everyone from birth to death, disabled to normal to genius to diseased. Along the way he refers to patients who have benefitted from research relevant to each chapters topic. Highly enjoyable!
I'm very interested in the subject matter, but I was afraid this would be too dumbed-down and oversimplified. I was skeptical that it would enhance my knowledge of the brain.
I was pleasantly surprised by the detailed characterization of mental plasticity. This is definitely one of my favorite audiobooks.
I also think this goes well together with Jeff Hawkins' "On Intelligence" audiobook.
This book looks at neuroplasticity from many angles -- how the brain can be rewired whether young or old, due to genetic defects, illnesses, or accidents. It is a muscle that can be strengthen through mental exercises. Although this book is more about the concept of neuroplasticity (not the application and how you can increase your brain functions), it is still filled with a lot of useful information. By repeating an activity, you can build pathways in your brain. As the pathways deepen, it becomes easier to perform that activity. This is good if you're working on math problems and can calculate faster and faster. This is bad if you start to drink and associate the release of stress with drinking alcohol more and more. This is also a great book if you're fascinated by how the brain works. It makes you want to do brain training because you know your brain can do so much more.
The hour of fawning over a software package (that supposedly licenses for $2000 per year!!!) and the anecdotal miracle stories made me suspicious. There are several scientific studies about this software, pro and con, that were never mentioned and certainly no negatives were given. This undermines the credibility of the book - his depiction of unfairly maligned geniuses and miracle cures too threatening to science to publish and treatments ahead of their time.
I was looking for a credible synthesis of research in layman's terms or interesting case studies, but I frankly can't believe any of the conclusions. The author may have thoroughly researched the topic, but it feels like he sought out anecdotes and research to support his premise and ignored everything else.
Skip this and read something from a more credible source. Yes it is easy to understand the simplified concept, but the slick-voiced reader and the biased work make this a no.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.
I would not buy this book if Audible did not make the promotion- use 2 credits and buy 3 books. I read the reviews before, because in Edward Hallowell's Shine he mentions this book, but I was not impressed. When I started to listen, I was in AWE. The first four chapters made me buy the kindle version and read it all again. Great book!!!
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Part Gladwell, part science history, part brain science upper division, this is a great intro to neuroplasticity. Now, if you aren't already interested in this subject, it probably isn't going to feel very relevant and so I wouldn't recommend it to my mom or a few of my friends. But if you are already interested in the subject, Doidge takes you on fun journey with twists and turns along the way (I was not expected him to go in depth on a famous sadomasicist/exhibitionist).
Reading is great, presentation is great, stories are great. I didn't give it five stars because the book teeters a little bit between being a resource (if your child has a learning disability or someone you know has had a stroke this is an essential read) and a lay book and the result is that I now feel under-informed about a variety of things I knew nothing about previously.
Love listening to everything in science, astronomy, neuroscience, education and creativity.
Dr. Norman Doidge weaves in this book, many interesting and important scientific breakthroughs about understanding brain and treating some of the most common brain disorders (stroke, compulsive disorder etc). Some of the information in the chapter on Lover brain was quite astounding, but most of the chapters in this book shows very important research breakthrough about brain. I strongly recommend this audiobook because the narrator has done an excellent job in convening the essence of the book. Must listen...
An easily read owners manual for yur brain. The writing keep you moving and the subject matter while deep in nature is so very inviting.
I appreciate books that delve into the intricacies of the brain and mind. While I appreciate the concept - the elasticity of the brain - as well as the fact that it is a "pop science" book, I think the author erred by focusing too much on his interpretations of scientific experiments, while including "loads" of anecdotal stories.
Interesting, but too much filler.
Hey, but I actually got some encouragement from this volume and will continue to ingest as much as I can. Earlier portions were more palatable for me. As I continued into mid-chapters it began to get a little 'speaking-in-tongues' for me to grasp. I will keep trying because my brain is plastic!