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.
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 love learning, teaching, and exploring!
Scientific, detailed, organized
I would compare this book to Moonwalking with Einstein, which is mainly about how memory works. The books were similar in the sense that they both touch upon aspects of psychology and cognition but I would say that The Brain That Changes Itself was more scientific and provided more details about many scientific studies and experiments.
I thought the narration was just average. There wasn't anything extra special about it.
It was interesting to hear about one subject who was born with only half a brain and how her brain was able to adapt.
mostly nonfiction listener
A worthy addition to the brain bookshelf. Not quite as good as Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina , on par with Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and
Other Puzzles of Everyday Life by Sam Wang and Sandra Aamodt. The stories of our brains plasticity will, well, blow your mind. The fact that so much of what science thought about how our brains worked turned out to be wrong tells us how difficult it is to understand those 3 pounds sitting inside of our skulls.
The idea that our brain's inherent neuroplasticity holds out hope for greater wisdom and intelligence as we age is a hopeful one, while at the same time we must recognize our brain's unhelpful tendencies to form patterns of thought that are sub-optimal. Doidge has a good story to tell, he understands the science, but is somewhat limited by his skills as a storyteller. The story of our changing understanding of the brain is one that deserves to be told by our very best writers.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
So much has been learned about the brain in my lifetime. Hearing about the amazing way the brain can reorganize itself, and about how much we've learned about the structure of the brain vs. the parts that can be structured as needed is absolutely fascinating.
This type of information should be included in the 'manual' of being human. This book is right in line with the most contemporary understandings within human development that states - human are plastic (malleable) in nature.
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.