The Brain That Changes Itself: Personal Triumphs 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 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 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 more 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.

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  1. This book could have been written about me. I was born with Cerebral Palsy in 1949. In those days, Neurology was not a medicine. I saw my first neurologist when I was 27 due to seizures. I then had my first ever EEG. At my follow up appointment, this doctor questioned my occupation as a violinist. He said it was impossible for me to play the violin because the right side of my brain did not function properly. I then told him he could come to a symphony rehearsal that following week, he did and was so shocked that he said that I had…

  2. A neuroscience phenomenon! The magic of brain plasticity The book that I’m going to review is The Brain that Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge, M.D. Dr. Doidge is a Canadian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who has also conducted research based on topics such as neuroplasticity and psychotherapy treatments. In Dr. Doidge’s book, you get a glimpse of the magic of neuroscience through the phenomenon of neuroplasticity through inspiring stories from real patients. You will be touched by neuroplasticity and its ability to gain some hope in people who are…

  3. Wonderfully written. The stories about real people and their struggles and triumphs makes this a must read. We have all heard the phrases: “mind over matter” and “I think therefore I am.” Many of us are also aware of the debate surrounding the mind-body connection or disconnection. The separation of mind/body is evident in our medical system where you see certain specialists for “medical” issues and others for “mental health” issues. One of the lovely things about this book is the theme of blending together the mind and body.Dr. Norman Doidge shares many different stories through this…

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