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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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    Arlene M. Holt Aurora, CO 09-01-15
    Arlene M. Holt Aurora, CO 09-01-15
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    "Amazing"

    This book contains so much information and ideas of why people do what they do. It challenges long held ideas regarding the changing brain. I will listen again.

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    AJ 07-15-15
    AJ 07-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book"

    I use audiobooks for my work commute and found this book quite interesting. The topics is engaging enough to hold my attention and allow me to drive. The reader performed well enough to allow me to understand the reading while I drive.
    The topic is interesting enough that I look forward to listening to it again.

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    J. P. Murphy 07-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "OK book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I already knew it was possible to learn. It was nice to know that the brain has considerable plasticity.


    Has The Brain That Changes Itself turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Reducing 'love' to neurotransmitters was not very interesting. His tirade against porn was victorian, and his endless lecture that S+M was a perversion was ill-informed and puritanical.


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    Vinod Ramaswamy singapore 07-03-15
    Vinod Ramaswamy singapore 07-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Overall Fascinating"
    What made the experience of listening to The Brain That Changes Itself the most enjoyable?

    The book gave me an overview of how the human brain functions and allowed me to think about and explore my own mind and thoughts.


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

    There are several memorable moments in the book. The key one was, I have always been sympathetic to animals, the Silver Springs Monkeys should have been kept in way better conditions but I this book did make me see why testing on animals was unavoidable for the scientists in question. I wouldn't encourage it but there may be a need for it. However, animals should be treated with respect and kept in much better conditions if they have to be used for testing.


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

    Yes, but it is a bit long for that. It did make me want to come back quickly and repeatedly though.


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    Fabrizio 06-24-15
    Fabrizio 06-24-15
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    "A surprisingly scientific feel-good book"

    After reading other titles where the scientific studies are cherry-picked and reinterpreted by the writer to fit his intended message, I was pleasantly surprised to listen to a title where inspiring accounts and the mini-biographies all have a scientific focus.

    The performance tone is a too monotonous.

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    Oz Akan 06-10-15
    Oz Akan 06-10-15
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    "very interesting"

    I loved book. As someone being pretty new to how brain works I found the book very educational and influential. I felt same excitement when I was learning about universe years back and then about relativity. Brain is big black box with lots of surprises and this book uncovers some of them.

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    Yazar united states 05-26-15
    Yazar united states 05-26-15
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    "You can feel the brain after reading this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Brain That Changes Itself to be better than the print version?

    The book attracted me after watching the movie "Lucy". The overall behaviour of our brain is discussed in this book as it reflects in the everyday routine with the billions of connections between neurons. The artistic children can become normal after having a proper exercises. The skills of individuals can be better achieved in re-designing the thoughts by starting over the habits by the thoughts and experiences can rewire and change the structure of our brains. I liked the way author explained about brain behaviours with the emotions and habits from our infant stage. The sexual plasticity explanation was good and the habit of love making changed every century with culture. The best part is when the body part is hurt and the brain sends a pain signal to avoid hurting further to heal faster. The imagination and illusion creation made me more eager to listen closer but the information was limited. I loved the phrase by an indian scientist about our thoughts in a meeting by thinking in an opposite direction rather than polishing the same minds. I felt the author could instruct a few exercises to improvise our brain efficiency in a general way (not related to our habits). History and backgrounds about the doctors could be avoided to make the book crisper. Overall this is one of the best books I read. Cheers!!!


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    Patrick Hogan 05-19-15
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    "Informative and Easily Understood"

    A good listen for those interested in how the brain works, how we learn, how we adapt. The premise is that science has proven that our brains can be reprogrammed and rewired at virtually all levels including physical connections to motor functions and our senses. The book covers the history of brain research over the centuries and delves into key social mores that are impacted by technology and the new media (Internet, computers, TV, etc). Doige offers a compelling and relevant thesis for helping the individual to cope in today's fast pace and techno-crazy society.

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    Iain McDonald 04-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Like an instruction manual for your brain"

    This publication has so much useful knowledge that anyone with a brain should know about how we are who we are. Exceptionally presentation of decades, if not centuries of medical learnings diluted only just mildly enough for adequate laymen digestion.

    Side note: some learnings are the fruit of tests on animals which are graphically relayed. Be warned. Definitely not for everyone.

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    Luís 04-15-15
    Luís 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book for brain enthusiasts"
    If you could sum up The Brain That Changes Itself in three words, what would they be?

    Incredible, wonderful and easy-to-follow :D


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

    All of the experiences narrated come from real people around the world that struggle and live, first-handedly, what is like to change the brain circuits and the direct consequences that are physical, visible to them and the ones around them. They together are very touching, ellusive and are, all of them, memorable.


    What about Jim Bond’s performance did you like?

    Flawless, clear and high quality. Good inflexions that added just the right feel or technicality, on the appropriate moments.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some of the tales of people overcoming their disabilities, in hopeless moments, almost made me cry, I have to confess...


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended for everyone who is interested in brain science. Great to know what our brains are capable of.

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