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The Brain That Changes Itself Audiobook

The Brain That Changes Itself: Personal Triumphs from the Frontiers of Brain Science

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Publisher's Summary

The discovery that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains - even into old age - is the most important breakthrough in neuroscience in four centuries. In this revolutionary look at the brain, best-selling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they've transformed.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Iain McDonald 04-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Like an instruction manual for your brain"

    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.

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    Luís 04-15-15
    Luís 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book for brain enthusiasts"
    If you could sum up The Brain That Changes Itself in three words, what would they be?

    Incredible, wonderful and easy-to-follow :D


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Brain That Changes Itself?

    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.


    What about Jim Bond’s performance did you like?

    Flawless, clear and high quality. Good inflexions that added just the right feel or technicality, on the appropriate moments.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some of the tales of people overcoming their disabilities, in hopeless moments, almost made me cry, I have to confess...


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended for everyone who is interested in brain science. Great to know what our brains are capable of.

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    Alexandru Oprisan 03-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Insightful"

    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!

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    Lori Galesburg, IL, United States 03-24-15
    Lori Galesburg, IL, United States 03-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing book"

    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!

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    Dolf 02-25-15
    Dolf 02-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting book about challenging topic"

    Learned allot about human brain and its function. A must read book if you are into challenging your brain and perfecting it.

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    Sara Miller 02-23-15
    Sara Miller 02-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Educating"

    A bit dry but educating
    Interesting studies, yet I found myself distracted because of the readers monotone voice. I did learn a lot.

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    Gotta Tellya Santa Rosa, CA 02-08-15
    Gotta Tellya Santa Rosa, CA 02-08-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Fascinating info re our flexible brains!"

    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.

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    Dallas Wright 01-28-15

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    "Very intriguing insights into the human mind."

    update on the current discoveries of the hardwiring of the brain and the processes of forming thoughts and habits...

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    Carole 01-27-15
    Carole 01-27-15
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    "Informative, but..."

    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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    Ian Kemp 01-26-15
    Ian Kemp 01-26-15 Member Since 2004
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    "The chapter on sex was disturbing"

    Really really graphic with no need to be. We can understand some people get aroused by things other people would find gross without those acts being described explicitly.

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