In this fascinating and far-reaching book, "Newsweek "science writer Sharon Begley reports on how cutting-edge science and the ancient wisdom of Buddhism have come together to reveal that, contrary to popular belief, we have the power to literally change our brains by changing our minds. Recent pioneering experiments in neuroplasticity-the ability ...Read MoreIn this fascinating and far-reaching book, "Newsweek "science writer Sharon Begley reports on how cutting-edge science and the ancient wisdom of Buddhism have come together to reveal that, contrary to popular belief, we have the power to literally change our brains by changing our minds. Recent pioneering experiments in neuroplasticity-the ability of the brain to change in response to experience-reveal that the brain is capable of altering its structure and function, and even of generating new neurons, a power we retain well into old age. The brain can adapt, heal, renew itself after trauma, compensate for disabilities, rewire itself to overcome dyslexia, and break cycles of depression and OCD. And as scientists are learning from studies performed on Buddhist monks, it is not only the outside world that can change the brain, so can the mind and, in particular, focused attention through the classic Buddhist practice of mindfulness. With her gift for making science accessible, meaningful, and compelling, Sharon Begley illuminates a profound shift in our understanding of how the brain and the mind interact and takes us to the leading edge of a revolution in what it means to be human. "There are two great things about this book. One is that it shows us how nothing about our brains is set in stone. The other is that it is written by Sharon Begley, one of the best science writers around. Begley is superb at framing the latest facts within the larger context of the field. . . . This is a terrific book." -Robert M. Sapolsky, author of "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers" "Excellent . . . elegant and lucid prose . . . an open mind here will be rewarded." -"Discover "magazine "A strong dose of hope along with a strong does of science and Buddhist thought." -"The San Diego Union-Tribune"Read Less
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Excellent book about new knowledge about your brain and how you can change and control it. The title tells it all.
Apr 10, 2008
This book is an investigation of how the brain is capable of changing and transforming. Cutting edge brain science, involving its history with the Dali Lama and Buddhism.
Apr 1, 2007
Good background but little substance
As I was reading reviews of this book, I was expecting methods for exacting neuroplasticity and neurogenesis in our lives. However, the book is an excellent review of the various experiments of how leading researchers in the area of neuroscience have concluded that the human brain is neuroplastic and undergoes routine neurogeneseis even as we age. Much of this research emanated from the Dalai Lama's questioning of a leading group of neuroscientists on whether constant meditation can physically alter the brain structure and hence, help us achieve modifications in how we behave, interact, and achieve different results in life. Unfortunately, although it gave a great historical perspective on how the theories of neurogenesis and neuroplasticity were derived, it misses out on the tangibles that we can use to affect our current situations in life. Overall, an interesting read, but needs more detail on how to affect change in our lives.
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