Introducing principles we can all use, as well as a riveting collection of case histories - stroke patients cured, a woman with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, learning and emotional disorders overcome, IQs raised, and aging brains rejuvenated - The Brain That Changes Itself has "implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history." (The New York Times)
©2008 Norman Doidge; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
"Fascinating. Doidge's book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain." (Oliver Sacks)
"Readers will want to read entire sections aloud and pass the book on to someone who can benefit from it....Links scientific experimentation with personal triumph in a way that inspires awe." (The Washington Post)
A good listen for those interested in how the brain works, how we learn, how we adapt. The premise is that science has proven that our brains can be reprogrammed and rewired at virtually all levels including physical connections to motor functions and our senses. The book covers the history of brain research over the centuries and delves into key social mores that are impacted by technology and the new media (Internet, computers, TV, etc). Doige offers a compelling and relevant thesis for helping the individual to cope in today's fast pace and techno-crazy society.
This publication has so much useful knowledge that anyone with a brain should know about how we are who we are. Exceptionally presentation of decades, if not centuries of medical learnings diluted only just mildly enough for adequate laymen digestion.
Side note: some learnings are the fruit of tests on animals which are graphically relayed. Be warned. Definitely not for everyone.
Incredible, wonderful and easy-to-follow :D
All of the experiences narrated come from real people around the world that struggle and live, first-handedly, what is like to change the brain circuits and the direct consequences that are physical, visible to them and the ones around them. They together are very touching, ellusive and are, all of them, memorable.
Flawless, clear and high quality. Good inflexions that added just the right feel or technicality, on the appropriate moments.
Some of the tales of people overcoming their disabilities, in hopeless moments, almost made me cry, I have to confess...
Recommended for everyone who is interested in brain science. Great to know what our brains are capable of.
I found great ideas and concepts in the book, well explained and east to understand.
Pleasant performance by the reader.
Great study for anyone interested in psichology, how the brain works or how to understand or improve the mind!
As an avid reader, I can say that this book is one of the best books I've ever read. It will change the way you think about learning and changing your brain!
First of all, Jim Bond's narration is excellent. His reading is not too fast, not too slow, and reflects genuine interest in the subject matter, a quality necessary for a good narration. As for Dr. Doidge's discussion of brain plasticity, I found it fascinating. I was fully absorbed in this audio book from beginning to end. I ordered a print copy to use for reference, something I do only when a book carries information I deem essential. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It is such a relief to know how widely and effectively our brains can adapt to change and circumstance. This book gives hope to everyone, from those of us who simply want to stay sharp longer, to those facing daunting challenges to their intellect and functionality.
update on the current discoveries of the hardwiring of the brain and the processes of forming thoughts and habits...
There's some interesting information in this book, including the history of the concept of neuroplasticity, its relationship to psychoanalysis, and the general reluctance of the medical establishment to accept the overturning of established, but wrong, ideas. Unfortunately, this is vitiated by the way in which the author 'plugs' specific establishments which treat conditions (eg stroke, learning disabiLities) based on the use of neuroplasticity. This turns much of the book into an infomercial, complete with glowing anecdotes. Even if true, this feels inappropriate, and isn't what I paid for!
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