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

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

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By (author) Norman Doidge

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Hardback | 427 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 229mm x 36mm | 649g
  • Publication date: 5 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 067003830X
  • ISBN 13: 9780670038305
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 6,143

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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 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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Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and New York Times bestselling author. He is on the Research Faculty at Columbia University's Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York, and on the faculty at the University of Toronto's Department of Psychiatry. He and his work have been profiled and cited in, among others, "The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, Scientific American Mind, Melbourne Age, The Guardian, The Harvard Review of Psychiatry, Psychology Today, O The Oprah Magazine, " and the "National Review. "

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By Neale P Blackwood 21 Mar 2011 5

An Amazing book. The case histories are astonishing. The brain is so powerful. The thing that struck me was there are many new cutting edge learning techniques being used very successfully but they are NOT being used in our educational institutions - why not? An eye-opening and brain expanding book - use some of your plasticity and read it

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"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!" ?internationalpsychoanalyis.net ?Really remarkable ... haunting and memorable.? ?Northrop Frye