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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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    Amazon Customer Olmsted Falls, OH 07-08-16
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    "awesome awesome awesome"

    I study health and psychology my whole life and I will say that this book is open my eyes and let me make a lot of connections but I had not made. well worth the read. I will be giving this book to a lot of friends

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    Garrett 05-13-16
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    "Wow! What a book!"

    Nonfiction books are often preachy and prescribing. Scientific studies are often overwhelming and overly dense.

    This is a nonfiction book on par with a scientific study that has none of these downsides. In fact, it's actually insanely interesting to listen to (I used Audible) and has massive "replay value" - I've read it 3 times now.

    One of my top 3 books of the year out of ~50.

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    Amazon Customer Skokie, IL USA 03-29-16
    Amazon Customer Skokie, IL USA 03-29-16
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    "Fascinating and convincing."

    The author uses rich language language to describe the scientists who changed the way we think about and experience the human mind. While brain science can sound intimidating and complex, Doidge wrote a book that explains the astoundingly complex brain in language that is easy to understand and also really compelling to listen to. I wish that everyone around me knew how plastic and changeable their own human brain really is. If only we could live in a culture where people moved through world knowing the infinite possibilities of how we can improve ourselves and therefore the world.

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    "Truly worth my time"
    If you could sum up The Brain That Changes Itself in three words, what would they be?

    Minds are plastic!


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

    Neurons that fire together wire together. You will need to read the book but wow does this explain so much about the human habit machine.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Bond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Can't really rate this. I listen to it at 3x speed and was just in it for the info. It changes the book a lot at higher speeds. Tone, inflection...all the little thing you look for in a entertainment book kind of fade out at 2 and 3 times speed.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Are you at the end of your rope when it comes to your child's special needs? There may be a way to help that you have never heard of.


    Any additional comments?

    If your into how your brain and also how it affects all you do then read it. It is one of many I have read and it was a keeper.

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    Andra V. 02-28-16
    Andra V. 02-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read"

    Amazing, what our brains are capable of! A must read for anyone who wants to stay sharp and keep their witts about them as they age, not to mention anyone who wants to change a habbit or addiction.

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    Sunrise554 01-27-16
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    "Hope and Knowledge"
    What made the experience of listening to The Brain That Changes Itself the most enjoyable?

    This books gives hope to those suffering from stroke or brain injury. All of the advances in research outlined in this book give us a clear picture of not only how the brain works but how it can be re-worked to our advantage. A person with brain deficits can feel like they will always be in this condition, but research and correctly applied therapy proves that the brain can be changed.


    What about Jim Bond’s performance did you like?

    It was clear and professional.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    There is too much information to listen to in one sitting but all of the information is interesting and useful. I intend to listen to it again all the way through.


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    Ed 01-26-16
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    "Outstanding information"

    Very well written and organized. I learned a great deal and actually purchased the book so could return to parts I want to review. The only criticism is with some of the author's opinion portions where he oversimplified schools of therapy or historical events when supporting those opinions. That aside, this was an excellent book and I've purchased the Audible follow up by this author, The Brain's Way of Healing.

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    Alan Hilton-Nickel San Jose, CA USA 01-19-16
    Alan Hilton-Nickel San Jose, CA USA 01-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent summary of current stte of rain science."

    Told with poignant and insightful stories of victims, survivors and researchers and made understandable.

    Worth the read.

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    Stirling 12-02-15
    Stirling 12-02-15 Member Since 2017
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    "I loved this book."

    Fantastic insight into my own head and its ability to learn. This book changed the way I think for the better and I couldn't ask for a better way to spend my audible credits

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    John Melbourne, FL, United States 10-24-15
    John Melbourne, FL, United States 10-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book if you want to understand how you work."

    Clear and easy to understand. Makes understanding how are brains work easy. We are what we think we are!

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