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

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

by Norman Doidge M.D., Jim Bond (Read by)

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Overview

“Fascinating. Doidge’s book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.” —Oliver Sacks

The discovery that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains—even into old age—is the most important breakthrough in neuroscience in four centuries. In this revolutionary look at the brain, bestselling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they’ve transformed. Introducing principles we can all use as well as a riveting collection of case histories—stroke patients cured, a woman with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, learning and emotional disorders overcome, IQs raised, and aging brains rejuvenated—The Brain That Changes Itself has “implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history” (The New York Times).

“Readers will want to read entire sections aloud and pass the book on to someone who can benefit from it….Links scientific experimentation with personal triumph in a way that inspires awe.” —The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501223600
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 511,952
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and researcher on the faculty at the University of Toronto's Department of Psychiatry and the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York, as well as an author, essayist, and poet. He is a four-time recipient of Canada's National Magazine Gold Award. He divides his time between Toronto and New York.

Table of Contents


Note to the Reader     xv
Preface     xvii
A Woman Perpetually Falling...: Rescued by the Man Who Discovered the Plasticity of Our Senses     1
Building Herself a Better Brain: A Woman Labeled "Retarded" Discovers How to Heal Herself     27
Redesigning the Brain: A Scientist Changes Brains to Sharpen Perception and Memory, Increase Speed of Thought, and Heal Learning Problems     45
Acquiring Tastes and Loves: What Neuroplasticity Teaches Us About Sexual Attraction and Love     93
Midnight Resurrections: Stroke Victims Learn to Move and Speak Again     132
Brain Lock Unlocked: Using Plasticity to Stop Worries, Obsessions, Compulsions, and Bad Habits     164
Pain: The Dark Side of Plasticity     177
Imagination: How Thinking Makes It So     196
Turning Our Ghosts into Ancestors: Psychoanalysis as a Neuroplastic Therapy     215
Rejuvenation: The Discovery of the Neuronal Stem Cell and Lessons for Preserving Our Brains     245
More than the Sum of Her Parts: A Woman Shows Us How Radically Plastic the Brain Can Be     258
The Culturally Modified Brain     287
Plasticity and the Idea of Progress     313
Acknowledgments     319
Notes and References     323
Index     409

What People are Saying About This

Oliver Sacks

Only a few decades ago, scientists considered the brain to be fixed or "hardwired," and considered most forms of brain damage, therefore, to be incurable. Dr. Doidge, an eminent psychiatrist and researcher, was struck by how his patients' own transformations belied this, and set out to explore the new science of neuroplasticity by interviewing both scientific pioneers in neuroscience, and patients who have benefited from neuro-rehabilitation. Here he describes in fascinating personal narratives how the brain, far from being fixed, has remarkable powers of changing its own structure and compensating for even the most challenging neurological conditions. Doidge's book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.

Jessica Warner

The case study is the psychiatric literary genre par excellence, and Doidge does not disappoint. There is a woman who manages quite well on just half a brain, an eye surgeon who made a remarkable recovery from a severe stroke, a seven-year-old who had to be taught how to hear pitch, an eight-year-old girl whose autism was holding her back from learning how to speak. Their stories are truly inspirational, and Doidge tells them with great compassion and sensitivity.

Buy this book. Your brain will thank you. (Jessica Warner, senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the author of Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason and The Incendiary: The Misadventures of John the Painter)

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