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)
I love this book and the information its offers is great, it helps me understand why I feel the way I do, and taught me that I can change myself. The vocabulary this books uses is easy to understand and makes it very accessible. Great book, highly recommended.
However, the presentation of lengthy case studies might not be for everybody, nor is the historical context the author provided.
Dr. Doidge has made what could be a very boring topic interesting. Even chapter 2 about the connection between the mind and human sexuality and sexual diviations was interesting and informative. One of the best things about this book was his discussion of the ability of a woman with mental shortcomings to build an amazing life after teaching herself how to learn in spite of those very shortcomings. I have listened to this book twice, and have ordered the printed version.
I was a little more than half through a 34 hour road trip when I started this book and by the time I arrived at my destination I didn't want the trip to end because I had yet to finish this fantastic book. It has amazing insight into how the brain works. I finally had some explanations to some of my own problems as a child with learning and ways to fix it!
Great book about the secrets of brain function. Interesting and informative. Worth the read.
If you like books about the brain this is for you.
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The overall discussion of neuroplasticity
I originally bought this book (the paperback version) because I'm really into neurology. But like most books, I read the introduction and a bit of the first chapter and that was it. I never thought I'd get through it all as it seemed so scientific, unlike others I'd read. When I saw it on here, downloaded and listened to it suddenly it all made sense! I'd really suggest this one for those who can't finish the book or just think it sounds too challenging to read. I will no doubt give it a second listen!
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
This book was fantastic. The author was just scientific and scholarly enough to keep me reading and enjoying it without getting bogged down and losing my interest.
The basic premise of this book about the science of neuro-plasticity is that scientists used to think that brain functions were fixed and certain parts of the brain were always in control of the same set of behaviors. However modern scientists have found that our thoughts, actions, and feelings can be processed in different parts of the brain and are NOT tied to a fixed location. The notion that the brain is "plastic," or malleable is a fairly new one, and it holds so much promise for many areas – stroke victims, senior citizens, people with OCD, children with learning disorders to name a few. The discoveries shown in the book have totally changed what we know about the brain, and the impact on our lives and our future has been - and will continue to be -huge. The case studies used by the author to demonstrate all of this are fascinating. The chapter about the sexual masochist and how his brain was wired so that pain actually caused sexual arousal was only one example of the sometimes bizarre case studies. Most were a lot more “normal” than this but still definitely held my attention.
I found it particularly interesting that the scientist who did many of the neuro -plasticity experiments in the beginning of the book, Michael Merzenich, is also the person who founded Posit Science, the company that sells the “Brain Fitness” program that is advertised a lot on KQED/public television. After reading this book, I am convinced that that program is a worthwhile one and that I ought to get on the bandwagon!
This book is amazing, forget all you have learned (if you are old enough) about the brain, the way it is wired and how it can not be changed.
I bought the book to learn a little about brain recovery after a friend's accident. It was worth.
We learn that the capacities he supposedly lost could be recovered with training, and that children with learning problems could progress.
I didn't like the moral discuss the author gives in certain chapters, but if you can ignore those very personal opinions you will enjoy the book.
Yes, this book is full of wonderful examples that I'm sure would have greater impact an meaning with a second listen. Not only that, but the great ideas are more likely to fully insert themselves into our plastic brains with more repetition.
Spark, Thinking Fast and Slow, and How We Decide are three recent books I've read that relate to the subject matter here, neurology and how it affects our lives.
Each chapter is a bit different, and super interesting.
The reader is a bit too...cerebral, but I guess it goes with the territory of a science-y book.
Terrific book for anyone interested in neuroscience but who doesn't have a biology or science degree. Very accessible to anyone.
Outstanding information that explains how the brain is able to improve itself, gives examples, and provides information about how to use this information.
There were many... but, I think the two that stand out: How to increase neuron density of the brain, and the formation of habit. The line that stands out from the book, and that helps understand how the brain restructures itself was "Neurons that fire together, wire together."
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I was fascinated and intend to listen to it more than once. It is a bit long (about 11 or 12 hours), so re-listening will allow me to get information I may have missed.
If you have interest in the basics of the brain, and want to understand how to have a healthier brain, this is a valuable book
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