This was an unbelievably thorough and fantastic book on the mysteries of the human mind (or brain to be more concrete). It not only satisfied my curiosity but also helped me understand my own latent as well as out on the open psychological "defects" and how to overcome them or at least look for help on an issue I didn't know could be corrected.
I had heard about plasticity before but had no idea the extent of the research. My husband is a physician and said this is the most important research in medicine in a century. I found it very informative and exciting and have become so much more aware of my own thinking and actions. I'm thinking about how my choices are impacting my brain and my life. This is a book that I will be thinking about for a long time. It made me realize that I'm more in control then I ever knew. It was empowering from that perspective.
I loved the whole style of the book. I loved how the particular theory of a given doctor or researcher was given and then the personal stories that demonstrated the theory and then the explanation of why a particular result happened the way it did. It was very well written and very easy to understand in addition to being fascinating.
I did like the enunciation and the sound of the reader's voice, but the reading was a tiny bit slow for me. I just put it on 1.5x speed and that was perfect, then in any areas where I wanted to really have time to think while listening I slowed down to normal speed.
I was extremely excited to learn about the breakthroughs in this research and have been checking out ted talks online, and other books that have to do with plasticity.
I found a couple of chapters less than fascinating. They seemed to go beyond research into theory without much concrete evidence to back it up, but that was the exception.
Neural plasticity and the way the brain works are fascinating to me. I have no background in this only an interest. I am a chronic pain patient and was hoping to get more help than was offered this book. Despite the depth and heaviness of this book it was still relatively easy to follow.
This book is fantastic if you want the scientific basis for hope for problems of every kind and the people that suffer from them. Our brains CAN change. We just have to find the way to work with our natural way of mental wiring and functioning.
I am a grower. A tangle of vines weaving round myrtle branch fences. Rusty metal, soft stone, and worn wood. Unkempt curls and knees covered in clay. I listen.
This book offers up a lot of really great information about brain plasticity.
The over all message that we do have some power in changing the way our brains work. There are many uplifting tales of people with enough will and dedication overcoming extreme hardship by changing the way that their brains are wired.
Clear spoken and good pacing.
There were many actually, but I don't want to give too much away... spoilers.
Great book and great listen!
I thought this was going to have some insight on new research in the field. This is nothing new. most of the research was done decades ago and amount to the fact that with training in some circumstances, the brain can learn to do new things. This is not surprising. I guess i expected to much. I thought this was going to be about the brain's ability to regenerate itself.
The Truth shall Set Ye Free
Plasticity is real.
The Future of the Mind, by Michio Kaku. I don't really like how Mr. Kaku 'pushes' his particular cultural beliefs about God, but he does write very interesting books. But I prefer The Brain that Changes, because it highlights what I've long understand about humankind. We are resourceful beings who love to help others by uncovering 'truths' and overturning prejudices. The book also supports my own belief in Intelligent Design and therefore a Maker of everything including human beings. Mr. Kaku's books are 'missing' that 'God' element. (Although I do not think the writer of The Brain That Changes... intended to help clarify God to his readers, BUT HE DOES.) :)
He is an excellent reader. With wonderfully emotive voicings, and a good sense of word rhythm, his reading style & expertise adds greatly to the story itself. I'd definitely listen to other books for which he is the reader.
I cannot select one area in particular because the entire audible book was exciting to me. It almost makes me want to go back to university, get a science degree, maybe a medical degree, too, and become a research scientist. It confirmed for me what my own life style has taught me: if one has a lifelong hunger for knowledge & understanding, a disdain for 'partying', and a love of consistent outdoor exercise and communing with nature, there does not have to be any obvious deterioration in one's middle years (I consider myself at 65 to be just at the beginning of my middle age because of how I have lived my life). This book reinforces my thoughts on aging unlike "The Secret Life of the Grownup Brain" which was a poorly researched book, at best.
I was about to cancel my audible book subscription, but this book really makes up for the bad ones. Thank you!
Big fan of listening to books of all shapes and sizes. Primarily: sci fi, fantasy, nonfiction in human services, buddhism, and classics.
I would not it has too many references to Monkey's being "studied". The purpose of experiencing this book for me is at it relates to Trauma Informed Care. Not helpful when you're hearing about Monkey's being cut into for the purposes of science. Had to stop a third of the way through.
In some ways - yes.
I think the essence of the book is helpful information, the narration is standard, but I personally didn't want to hear about the Monkey's being "studied". So if that is not an issue for you - then this book may provide helpful insights into brain plasticity.
The history of the direction science was moving when the idea of brain plasticity was being proposed as well as the actual details of cases and practical implications this has in life.
This is a must for people to read if they have an interest in explaining things that happen to people and how therapy helps from topics through stroke therapy, autism, genetics, personal problems. Very interesting, I'll read again.
The recording was very low so I had to crank up my ipod and stereo when listening all the way. Wish it were louder to allow me to run at a normal volume. Was clear, just the volume was not loud at all.