The Brain That Changes Itself
Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
ISBN 9780670038305 | 448 pages | 15 Mar 2007 | Viking Adult | 5.98 x 9.01in | 18 - AND UP
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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 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."Superb. I devoured it. The field of neuroplasticity has exploded in recent years, and Dr. Doidge's book brings it excitingly and accurately to life."
—V.S. Ramachandran, MD, Ph.D., Director, Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego, and author of Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind.
"Revolutionary, clear, fascinating, and gripping this is a huge leap in the history of mankind — far greater than landing on the moon. Dr. Doidge takes the reader by the hand and carefully explains that the brain can and does change throughout life.I sincerely hope that everyone who reads this rushes out to get this book. The Brain That Changes Itself leaves me with one major question: Why isn’t this book on the top of the best seller list for all time? Gift shopping will no longer be a problem for me!"
“Really remarkable ... haunting and memorable.”
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