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)
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"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)
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!
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.
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.
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