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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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    "informative, gripping, fun"

    told in a story style it was easy to engage the characters and the facts I found to be most important. the book was well read and produced.

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    Rashidul Amin 01-15-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Incredibly detailed and fascinating journey"

    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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    YKJ 01-13-15
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    "Insightful and well narrated !"

    The book had more to offer that I had come to expect. Every chapter dealt with a different aspect yet sewing them together into brain plasticity.

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    Sandy landin 01-10-15
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    "Amazing"

    This book will change the way you think about your brain. It's thoughtful and inspiring. The work they're doing on brain plasticity is fascinating. You might expect it to be all academic, but actually there's a lot of practical stuff in here too.

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    James Pickett Austin 01-09-15
    James Pickett Austin 01-09-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Heavy material"

    Neural plasticity and the way the brain works are fascinating to me. I have no background in this only an interest. I am a chronic pain patient and was hoping to get more help than was offered this book. Despite the depth and heaviness of this book it was still relatively easy to follow.

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    picky drinker 12-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "This book is fantastic if you want the scientific,"

    This book is fantastic if you want the scientific basis for hope for problems of every kind and the people that suffer from them. Our brains CAN change. We just have to find the way to work with our natural way of mental wiring and functioning.

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    Ronald E. Newlon NEW YORK, NY, US 12-10-14
    Ronald E. Newlon NEW YORK, NY, US 12-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    What disappointed you about The Brain That Changes Itself?

    I am not sure if I misunderstood the author. If I had a print book I would have read certain parts more than once. I think that he states that being gay is a sexual preference and that a gay person can fix the probelm of beiong gay. He also has a frenetic support of Dr. Taub that seems out of place.He also detailed child molestation and sexual perversion in too much detail. I think he also liked being gay in the same line of thought as sexual perversion - a preference


    What could Norman Doidge have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think Norman Doidge's core bliefs came through and I do not like him.


    Did Jim Bond do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did a good job -


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like some of the material about strokes and phantom limbs


    Any additional comments?

    I am concerned that this type of book and belief is what lead to young gay people being reprogrammed and killing themselves when the reprograming does not work.I did not ask for a refund because I wanted to write a review.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstin Atlanta, GA, United States 05-28-14
    Kirstin Atlanta, GA, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2010

    I am a grower. A tangle of vines weaving round myrtle branch fences. Rusty metal, soft stone, and worn wood. Unkempt curls and knees covered in clay. I listen.

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    "Very Interesting"
    What did you love best about The Brain That Changes Itself?

    This book offers up a lot of really great information about brain plasticity.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The over all message that we do have some power in changing the way our brains work. There are many uplifting tales of people with enough will and dedication overcoming extreme hardship by changing the way that their brains are wired.


    What about Jim Bond’s performance did you like?

    Clear spoken and good pacing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many actually, but I don't want to give too much away... spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and great listen!

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    Thomas Chapel Hill, NC, United States 04-28-14
    Thomas Chapel Hill, NC, United States 04-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    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.

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    Violet Weed 04-01-14
    Violet Weed 04-01-14

    The Truth shall Set Ye Free

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    "I ♥ this book!! Very intriguing & educational 2."
    If you could sum up The Brain That Changes Itself in three words, what would they be?

    Plasticity is real.


    What other book might you compare The Brain That Changes Itself to and why?

    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.) :)


    What does Jim Bond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I was about to cancel my audible book subscription, but this book really makes up for the bad ones. Thank you!

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