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The Brain that Changes Itself | [Norman Doidge]

The Brain that Changes Itself

An astonishing new scientific discovery called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the adult human brain is fixed and unchanging. It is, instead, able to change its own structure and function, even into old age. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they’ve transformed.
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An astonishing new scientific discovery called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the adult human brain is fixed and unchanging. It is, instead, able to change its own structure and function, even into old age.

In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they’ve transformed.

©2007 Norman Doidge (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

“A remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.” (Oliver Sacks)

“Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff with implications for all human beings.” (The New York Times)

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    "Intriguing insight into the workings of the brain"

    This is a great 'read' if you are interested in the way the brain works and particularly how the brain manages to repair itself or work around obstacles to keep the body functioning. Its also professionally narrated. It talks about perceptions, how the brain deals with pain (it "allows" pain signals for example) and what it does if the body loses an eye or a limb by remapping parts of the brain to compensate, or how, in some cases, it fails such as phantom limb syndrome. I found it fascinating and insightful and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has a keen interest in science and research or human perception.

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    N Oakleigh South, Australia 02-20-12
    N Oakleigh South, Australia 02-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A dishonest book, it is not evidence based science"
    What disappointed you about The Brain that Changes Itself?

    It started off promisingly, neuroplasticity is real, but the author distorts the topic so much that in the end you can't tell fact from fiction.


    What was most disappointing about Norman Doidge’s story?

    His personal biases, (he has many). For example he rams is unproven idea that god exists down your throat in a patronizing manner. He pushes these commercial entities making a buck off neuroplasticity with what seems to be an uncritical eye.and on and on... Just because he is an MD does not make him right.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The girl who was born with half a brain and made good use of it, without any help.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Snake oil sales men will make a lot of money from this book, so I guess sadness that many people will be sucked in.


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    No additional comments.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    What an amazing book. I now feel like I can achieve anything. For so many people to accomplish so much with such adversity is unbelieveable

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    "A must listen"

    I do feel that this book would possibly be a better read than listen as it's something I would like to dip in and out of, choosing the most interesting parts. However as I am currently unable to read I am very grateful that it is available on audio. For anyone like myself, who has a chronic pain condition and a belief in neural plasticity- ie the brain's ability to change- this is a must listen. It is an inspiring listen and fills me with real hope and positivity. I especially liked hearing the stories of those whose lives have been transformed by neural plasticity and wish there were more of these.

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