Meet the ninety year old doctor, who, with the aid of a few simple exercises, is still practising medicine. His is just one of the incredible stories brain expert Norman Doidge tells as he reveals our brain's remarkable ability to repair itself through the power of positive thought. In "The Brain That Changes Itself", Doidge introduces us to the ...
Meet the ninety year old doctor, who, with the aid of a few simple exercises, is still practising medicine. His is just one of the incredible stories brain expert Norman Doidge tells as he reveals our brain's remarkable ability to repair itself through the power of positive thought. In "The Brain That Changes Itself", Doidge introduces us to the fascinating stories at the cutting edge of the brain science and the emerging discipline of 'neuroplasticity'. We meet the stroke victim who unable to feed or dress himself learned to move and talk again, the woman with a rare brain condition that left her feeling as though she was perpetually falling but who through a series of exercises rewired her brain to overcome this and the maverick scientists over turning centuries of assumptions about the brain and it's capacity for renewal.Doidge shows how their incredible work is helping the blind to see, the deaf to hear and causing Nobel laureates to rethink our model of the brain. This remarkable book will leave you with a sense of wonder at the capabilities of the human brain and the power to change which lies within all of us.
I am always fascinated by the changes in our scientific knowledge over time. You know, everything in the universe revolves around the earth and there's scientific proof of that -- until it's scientifically proven not to be true.
This book presents another example of that, not about the universe, but about the brain. It turns out the brain can and does keep changing, can and does learn to compensate. All of which opens up a world of possibilities for people with disabilities and with injuries and possibly for those of us who are "normal", whatever that means.
This book is written in clear, understandable language for all including those of us who are not experts.
Jul 6, 2012
This is a book that should be read. It has very good insights on the subject.
Jul 4, 2012
A Must Read!
I borrowed this from a friend, but wasn't far into it when I knew I had to own my own copy. As a chronic pain sufferer for 54 years, I found the chapter on pain the most fascinating and helpful. It discusses causes of referred pain and ameliorating chronic pain with imagery, visualization and illusion -- even discusses successful experiments curing phantom limb pain. There is hope!
Doige has a lively and readable style, making a complex topic understandable to the non-scientist. Excellent material on OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) , computer game addiction, relationship of pain and pleasure, how to get over porno addiction by understanding its causes, improving memory ...so much more!
Mar 1, 2012
Very interesting book. Will change your mind about how you perceive the brain!
Aug 30, 2011
Purchased this book for my brother who has lekeumia. One of his doctors at the Cancer Treatments Of America in Tulsa OK recommended it. He has enjoyed it.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-12-04 For years the doctrine of neuroscientists has been that the brain is a machine: break a part and you lose that function permanently. But more and more evidence is turning up to show that the brain can rewire itself, even in the face of catastrophic trauma: essentially, the functions of the brain can be strengthened just like a weak muscle. Scientists have taught a woman with damaged inner ears, who for five years had had "a sense of perpetual falling," to regain her sense of balance with a sensor on her tongue, and a stroke victim to recover the ability to walk although 97% of the nerves from the cerebral cortex to the spine were destroyed. With detailed case studies reminiscent of Oliver Sachs, combined with extensive interviews with lead researchers, Doidge, a research psychiatrist and psychoanalyst at Columbia and the University of Toronto, slowly turns everything we thought we knew about the brain upside down. He is, perhaps, overenthusiastic about the possibilities, believing that this new science can fix every neurological problem, from learning disabilities to blindness. But Doidge writes interestingly and engagingly about some of the least understood marvels of the brain. (Mar. 19) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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