The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

The Brain That Changes Itself Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries old notion that the human brain is immutable Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge M D traveled the country to
  • Title: The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
  • Author: Norman Doidge
  • ISBN: 9780143113102
  • Page: 299
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  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
    An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries old notion that the human brain is immutable.Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives theyve transformedpeople whose mental limitations or brain damage were seen as unalAn astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries old notion that the human brain is immutable.Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives theyve transformedpeople whose mental limitations or brain damage were seen as unalterable We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, blind people who learn to see, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, stroke patients learning to speak, children with cerebral palsy learning to move with grace, depression and anxiety disorders successfully treated, and lifelong character traits changed.Using these marvelous stories to probe mysteries of the body, emotion, love, sex, culture, and education, Dr Doidge has written an immensely moving, inspiring book that will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.Hardcover, 448 pages Published March, 2007
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  • Norman Doidge

    Norman Doidge, M.D is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, author, essayist and poet He is on the Research Faculty at Columbia University s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York, and the University of Toronto s Department of Psychiatry He is a native of Toronto.

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  • When I saw this book initially I thought that I would have nothing but unequivocally good things to say about it I am very fond of brain books and prefer to believe that the mind is plastic that it can change itself or re wire itself I haven t got much to pin this hope on But hope is a good thing However, in the end my response to this book has been much less black and white than I thought it would be.I ve also just finished Fooled By Randomness This has made me hypersensitive to any possibility [...]


  • So far this book has taught me two things 1 That I am far affected than I expected to be by the phrase sew a kitten s eyelid closed for three weeks.ter which the kitten remained permanently blind in one eye and2 Using the word till instead of until is acceptable in scholarly writing For the rest of the information, stay tuned Okay, so I finished the book It was a fulfilling emotional rollercoaster for the chronically impressionable and acutely anxious Every chapter presented some new physical c [...]


  • Oliver Sacks, he ain t Despite the back cover blurb from Oliver Sacks, this is definitely a lesser book There are some interesting things in here, and may be worth a read, even though there was one chapter that I thought was just terrible But don t go looking here for Sacks deep humanism and warmth This is much the distant case history, although the science he s talking about is fascinating Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read [...]


  • Content note discusses some examples you may interpret as animal cruelty.I have pretty mixed feelings about this book My main response, I guess, is read with caution There are some parts which are reasonable, well founded, and which don t seem to be driven by any bias Talking about the ways to help people recover from strokes would fall under this category I was actually a bit surprised that all of the information about brain maps, and the brain s use it or lose it approach to neuronal real esta [...]


  • This book is about the plasticity of the brain That is versus Localizationism which holds that the brain is static and each part performs only one function Modern science, thru the use of MRI, Catscan and observed recoveries of function loss have disproved the long held notion of localizationism The book is really a set of stories about people who have regained or developed senses they either lost or never had The stories are quite inspiring For example, one man had a stroke and lost the use of [...]


  • travelling mp3, new car and an open roadDescription An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries old notion that the human brain is immutable Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they ve transformed people whose mental limitations or brain damage were seen as unalterable We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work [...]



  • A truly fascinating, accessible book about the plasticity of the brain Most interesting to me were the clever approaches that some psychologists invented, for solving or mediating various mental physical problems Although this book is not of the self help variety, it contains a number of approaches that have been used for improving brain functioning.


  • This book was absolutely fascinating I have always been intrigued by how the brain works and, even though I am not a science person, I found this book easy to read and thoroughly enjoyable.The book is about the recent notion that the brain is plastic, or malleable Our brain has the ability to change through learning, through experience, through our thoughts It was once thought that the brain was hardwired, and that certain parts of the brain performed specific tasks and that if those parts died, [...]


  • The big idea of the book is the concept of plasticity and how the brain deals with learning and changing multiple skills In a nutshell each brain function is fighting for limited resources, there s only so much mapping space available and what you work on the most gets developed Use it or lose it Whatever you don t cultivate, over time you will lose, including ability to cultivate multiple skills, generate new ideas, stay focused, math science skills, learning a new language, playing an instrume [...]


  • This book was amazing Not a real page turner, but a fascinating look at the brain s ability to rewire itself and grow change beyond our expectation.Praise the Lord who made our brains so complex and adept at fulfilling their purpose I especially liked the chapters that dealt with autism, and overcoming disabilities If you are interested in neuroplasticity, brain maps, or just want some ideas about keeping your brain in shape as you age you may want to read this book I didn t particularly like th [...]



  • The Brain that Slowly Changes Itself, If You Work Really Hard at ItIt was once thought that the brain was a complex machine, with each part performing a single dedicated function If a part broke you lost that function This book is about brain plasticity , the concept that the brain can change the way it functions For example, if one goes blind the part of the brain responsible for sight may be re wired to improve the sense of hearing or touch As Doidge puts it There is an endless war of nerves g [...]


  • Des multiples projets de recherches scientifiques au cours du vingti me si cle ont d montr que le cerveau humain est neuroplastique c est dire que le cerveau peut s adapter, changer sa structure et r localiser des functions quand des blessures ou des accidents arrivent Dans Les tonnants pouvoirs de transormation de cerveau le psychiatre Torontois Norman Doidge d crit tous les nouveaux traitements pour le crises c r brales, la scl rose en plaques, la sourdit , les d ficiences visuelles, la dyslex [...]


  • This book was a very interesting read I found it to be a pretty light read, in that the science mumbo jumbo had been effectively translated into English But that doesn t mean Doidge s claims are unsupported throughout the text, and in extensive notes, he cites published research results, giving the book plenty of credibility.The Brain that Changes Itself discusses the apparently controversial subject of neuroplasticity Although many of its claims seem perfectly intuitive through mental and physi [...]


  • The book is about neuroplasticity the idea that our thoughts and experiences can rewire and change the structure of our brains This may sound like a revolutionary idea in an age when too many people talk about a brain hardwired by our genes, and the author certainly dramatizes this point and wants to portray his book as representing a novel and ground breaking idea, but somehow what the book says didn t come across to me as revolutionary as it claims Maybe because I ve already read Ramachandran [...]


  • This is an absolutely fascinating book about how neurologists have discovered in the past thirty years or so that the human brain is much, much resilient and plastic than it was believed to be for a long time Neurologists used to think that everyone s brain map was basically the same, with functions like sight or hearing in pretty much the same place, and that if those sections of the brain were damaged, then the function they controlled would be permanently impaired This didn t explain, howeve [...]


  • As scientists have learned about the brain, they ve come to reject the idea that it is a fixed hardwired machine as previously thought, but instead a malleable and flexible structure that can change throughout our lifespan in ways that we are only just beginning to appreciate.Each chapter in The Brain That Changes Itself deals with a theme that explores the plastic nature of the brain and an individual story that highlights that particular theme From treating stroke victims to those suffering f [...]


  • I found this book so inspiring As a psychiatrist, not much of the subject matter was new, but Doige has compiled decades of research into a readable book about how amazing and adaptable the brain is I must say that it has really made me think not only about how neuroplasticity affects my clinical practice, but also how it influences myself, my children and my family.


  • Un libro que va a cambiar la forma en que ves el cerebro, la obra m s compleja que ha creado la naturaleza Es capaz de cambiar, amoldarse, adaptarse, todo para garantizar nuestra supervivencia Personas que son capaces de recuperarse de lesiones cerebrales, tus, incluso una mujer que naci con solo un hemisferio, son algunos de los milagros que es capaz de hacer nuestro cerebro.Dejar s de verlo como un rgano fijo, una m quina, y lo ver s como un sistema flexible, cambiante, pl stico, capaz de asom [...]


  • This book made me reexamine what I believed about human behavior, in particular our ability to change The author refers to neuroscience and brain studies to argue that every time we engage in a behavior, we create or reinforce pathways in our brain Intuitively we know that the you practice a skill, the better you get at it The better you get at something, the less effort it takes Brain scans demonstrate this process The concept is known as brain plasticity, which means the brain s ability to ad [...]


  • SUMMARY Damaged brains can sometimes be healed, via non invasive techniques that result in re mapping of neural pathways Topics include cutting edge brain mapping and therapy, a bit o Freud, phantom limb syndrome, pain is all in your head, stroke recovery, fascinating case studies eg, the girl with half a brain and lobotomy via bullet , and .OTHER CONTENT Author emphasizes that a certain maligned brain researcher was innocent, and PETA is evil I don t have an opinion on such, but it got repetiti [...]


  • At least for me, a large portion of my upbringing in anatomy, physiology, and psychology at University lead me to the conclusion that different areas of the brain are hardwired for different things and that from there on out it is pretty much just simon says Because I knew little about the plasticity of the brain, or much of the notion that this is how the brain worked I think the book really got me around seeing a different side of what a marvelous organ the brain truly is and how complex and i [...]


  • I really wasn t sure how to rate this book as I don t usually read non fiction It was remarkably easy to read and understand, well set out with a lot of supportive evidence It documented the development of the theory of brain plasticity How various people had played with the idea over time, gaining little or no support To down right stonings That last bit might be a slight exaggeration The topics touched on were fascinating Mid book I got a little concerned about some areas covered and started r [...]


  • This book gives great science I m leery of many applications of the psychodynamic perspective and Dr Doidge is a psychoanalyst as such, I found some of his bridgings of psychoanalysis and neuropsychology to be a little tenuous However, he makes a great case each time, and the result is always a fascinating conceptualization of the relationship between our lived experiences and the minute mechanics of our most important organ.Doidge presents a somewhat imbalanced view of Freud as the prescient ne [...]


  • This is a must read for anyone in healthcare An interesting and important read for everyone else Cleverly done he takes real stories about people who have changed their brains, the way they move, communicate, think, act, etc and discusses the science behind it He does this in an easy, fascinating way Another interesting aspect is his discussion on the history behind neuroplasticity We have known for years that our brain can change When I became a nurse we were taught that your brain is the way i [...]


  • This book is so dense and fascinating It really makes you realize 1 how little we know about how the brain works and 2 how much possibility there is for making huge strides in things like brain injury and mental illness even based on that small amount that we now know.


  • Amazing from both a lay and scientific perspective and introduced me to some authors neuroscientists e.g VS Ramachandran whose work I continue to follow and enjoy.



  • The book gives the message that all sorts of amazing things can be done through lots of brain retraining work, but doesn t claim that it is a quick and easy cure for everything either, which I appreciated.Some people are taking the idea of neuroplasticity and running with it and maybe going a bit too far and claiming that we can retrain our brains to be any way we want such as choosing our sexuality , and to use it to cure completely every neurological disease It is disturbing But this book does [...]


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