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The brain that changes itself : stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science /
Norman Doidge.
imprint
New York : Penguin Books, 2007.
description
xx, 427 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN
0143113100, 9780143113102
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imprint
New York : Penguin Books, 2007.
isbn
0143113100
9780143113102
general note
"A James H. Silberman book" -- title page.
"First published in the United States of America by Viking Penguin"--T.p. verso.
LCCN in CIP data is 2006049224.
local note
Fisher copy: With newspaper clipping titled "The death of neurological nihilism" by Norman Doidge, laid in.
catalogue key
8356506
 
Gift; Garrett Herman; 2018; RB348210.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-02-15:
The newest buzzword in brain science seems to be neuroplasticity-the idea that the adult brain is capable of positive change. For decades, scientists and doctors thought little could be done for victims of strokes and accidents because brain cells in adults were locked into specific functions and didn't change or grow. Doidge (psychoanalysis, Columbia Univ. Psychoanalytic Ctr.) tells the story of the scientists whose work has proven that neuroplasticity is, in fact, possible, with examples of patients suffering from strokes, paralysis, obsessive-compulsive disorder, blindness, learning disabilities, and other neurological and psychiatric problems who have been helped. Sharon Begley covers the same ground in her upcoming Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential To Transform Ourselves, but Begley actually demonstrates how the topic is important to the average person. With stories of those whose lives have been saved or improved through training based on neuroplastic theories, Doidge's book is much more engaging for lay readers. Recommended for most libraries.-Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2008-06-01:
Doidge (Columbia Univ.) skillfully brings challenging neuroscience research to the lay reader through presentations of interesting case studies supported by research evidence. The common theme throughout the book is brain plasticity, i.e., ability of the brain to change and adapt. Doidge interviewed many leading neuroscientists in preparing this work. He shows links between basic animal research, clinical research, and practical treatment programs developed as a result of the basic research. Areas of neuroscience research discussed range from rehabilitation of paralyzed limbs to treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder to mental agility exercises for aging adults. The author also addresses learning disorders, autism, pornography addiction, grieving, and mental practice. Forty years ago, most scientists thought that the brain could not generate new cells, and that people with brain injuries and disorders had to compensate for the neural loss. In every chapter Doidge presents new cases that illustrate the tremendous plasticity of the brain, and the reader is continually wowed with just how plastic and adaptable the human brain really is. Special educators, rehabilitation practitioners, psychologists, gerontologists, and neuroscientists will value this book. Summing Up: Recommended. Informed general readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals. D. K. Fry University of Michigan--Flint
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Review Quotes
"Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff with implications for all human beings." - The New York Times "A remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain." -Oliver Sacks "The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility." - The New York Times
"Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff with implications for all human beings." -The New York Times "A remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain." -Oliver Sacks "The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility." -The New York Times
Really remarkable ... haunting and memorable. (Northrop Frye)
"The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility. Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff...with implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history." -The New York Times "Brilliant...Doidge has identified a tidal shift in basic science...The implications are monumental." -The London Times "Fascinating. Doidge's book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain." -Oliver Sacks, MD "Two years ago, when the journal Cerebrum at the Dana Foundation in the US updated its list of great books about the brain for the general reader, it found there were already 30,000 brain-related books in English. Aided by scientific advisers and readers, it produced a new list - with The Brain That Changes Itself at No. 1." -The Melbourne Age "Lucid and absolutely fascinating. It satisfies in equal measure the mind and heart." -The Chicago Tribune "Doidge turns everything we thought we knew about the brain upside down." -Publisher's Weekly "Brilliant...This book is a wonderful and engaging way or re-imagining what kind of creatures we are." -Jeanette Winterson, novelist, Order of the British Empire, Guardian, Best Book of 2008 "Superb. Brilliant. I devoured it." -V.S. Ramachandran, MD, PHD, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, Univeristy of California, San Diego, Author of Phantoms of the Brain "Doidge... is a master ... at explaining science to the rest of us. Doidge is the best possible guide. You don't have to be a brain surgeon to read it, just curious about your brain. Buy this book. Your brain will thank you." -The Globe and Mail "Readers will want to read entire sections aloud and pass the book on to someone who can benefit from it. [Doidge] links scientific experimentation with personal triumph in a way that inspires awe" -Washington Post "Doidge tells one spell-binding story after another as he travels the globe interviewing the scientists and their subjects who are on the cutting edge of a new age. It may be hard to imagine that a book so rich in science can also be a page-turner, but this one is hard to set down." -Jeff Zimman, Posit Science, e-newsletter "The most readable and best general treatment of this subject to date." - Michael M. Merzenich, Ph.D., Keck Center for Integrative Neurosciences University of California at San Francisco "A riveting, essential book... These stories are most emotionally satisfying. Doidge addresses how cultural influences literally "shape" our brain. [And]....our response to the world around us is not only a social or psychological phenomenon, but often a lasting neurological process." Montreal Gazette, Liam Durcan, MD, Neurologist & Novelist "A hymn to life." -Panorama Italy "The Brain That Changes Itself...is without question the most important book of the year, and maybe the most important book we have ever read." -Kiril Sokoloff, 13D Research Inc "This books is like discovering that the earth isn't flat." -Gretel Killeen, Sun Herald, "The Books That Changed Me" "A rich banquet of brain-mind plasticity, communicated in a brilliantly clear writing style." -Jaak Panksepp, Ph.D., Head, Affective Neuroscience Research, Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics, Northwestern University; "A masterfully guided tour through the burgeoning field of neuroplasticity research." - Discover Magazine "Norman Doidge has shown that what and how we think can change our brains. He has illuminated the foundations of psychological healing." - Charles Hanly, Ph.D.President, International Psychoanalytical Association "Astonishing. This book will inevitably draw comparisons to the work of Oliver Sacks. Doidge has a prodigious gift for rendering the highly technical highly readable. It''s hard to imagine a more exciting topic--or a better introduction to it." - Kitchener Waterloo Record "Perfect for fans of Oliver Sacks" -Quill & Quire "Beautifully written and brings life and clarity to a variety of neuropsychiatric problems that affect children and adults... It reads a bit like a science detective story and -you do not need a Ph.D. to benefit from the wisdom imparted here." - Barbara Milrod, M.D. Psychiatry, Weill Medical College, Cornell University, New York "A panoramic examination of plasticity''s profound implications. " -Toronto Daily Star "An eloquently written book about the boundless potential of the human brain. - The Jewish Week "Norman Doidge has written a fascinating, highly readable account of the new brain science." -John Cornwell, Literary Review, England "You really should read this book... this remarkable work will lead us to see ourselves in a new light." -Mail on Sunday, England "An ''essential primer' for anyone who wants to better understand their own brains and the considerable advances in neuroscience of the past two decades." -Melbourne Age "A book that everybody should read... it is nothing short of miraculous. Get it!" -Yoko Ono, Yoko Reads Book Recommendations "Fascinating ... Doidge has accomplished a rare feat. He has written a book that accurately conveys cutting-edge scientific discoveries while simultaneously engaging both scientific and popular audiences." -Neuro-Psychoanalysis "A remarkable book ... a highly readable exploration of a branch of science that has the potential to change all our lives." -Hobart Mercury "Why isn''t this book on the top of the bestseller list of all time? The recognition that the brain in plastic and can actually change itself with exercise and understanding is a huge leap in the history or mankind, far greater than landing on the moon." - Jane S. Hall, International Psychoanalysis "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 neurorehabilitation. 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 adaptabi
Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff with implications for all human beings.” —The New York Times A remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.” —Oliver Sacks The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility.” —The New York Times
Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff with implications for all human beings. "The New York Times" A remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain. Oliver Sacks The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility. "The New York Times"
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Summaries
Main Description
What is neuroplasticity? Is it possible to change your brain? Norman Doidge's inspiring guide to the new brain science explains all of this and more An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable, and proving that it is, in fact, possible to change your brain. Psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity, its healing powers, and the people whose lives they've transformed-people whose mental limitations, brain damage or brain trauma 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.
Main Description
What is neuroplasticity? Is it possible to change your brain? Norman Doidges inspiring guide to the new brain science explains all of this and more An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable, and proving that it is, in fact, possible to change your brain. Psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity, its healing powers, and the people whose lives theyve transformed--people whose mental limitations, brain damage or brain trauma 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.
Main Description
An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they've transformed. From stroke patients learning to speak again to the remarkable case of a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, The Brain That Changes Itself will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.
Main Description
An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they’ve transformed. From stroke patients learning to speak again to the remarkable case of a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, The Brain That Changes Itselfwill permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.
Main Description
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). Book jacket.
Long Description
An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives theyve transformed. From stroke patients learning to speak again to the remarkable case of a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, "The Brain That Changes Itself" will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.
Main Description
An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries- old notion that the human brain is immutable. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they've transformed. From stroke patients learning to speak again to the remarkable case of a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, The Brain That Changes Itself will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Meet the 90 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.
Table of Contents
Note to the Readerp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
A Woman Perpetually Falling...: Rescued by the Man Who Discovered the Plasticity of Our Sensesp. 1
Building Herself a Better Brain: A Woman Labeled "Retarded" Discovers How to Heal Herselfp. 27
Redesigning the Brain: A Scientist Changes Brains to Sharpen Perception and Memory, Increase Speed of Thought, and Heal Learning Problemsp. 45
Acquiring Tastes and Loves: What Neuroplasticity Teaches Us About Sexual Attraction and Lovep. 93
Midnight Resurrections: Stroke Victims Learn to Move and Speak Againp. 132
Brain Lock Unlocked: Using Plasticity to Stop Worries, Obsessions, Compulsions, and Bad Habitsp. 164
Pain: The Dark Side of Plasticityp. 177
Imagination: How Thinking Makes It Sop. 196
Turning Our Ghosts into Ancestors: Psychoanalysis as a Neuroplastic Therapyp. 215
Rejuvenation: The Discovery of the Neuronal Stem Cell and Lessons for Preserving Our Brainsp. 245
More than the Sum of Her Parts: A Woman Shows Us How Radically Plastic the Brain Can Bep. 258
The Culturally Modified Brainp. 287
Plasticity and the Idea of Progressp. 313
Acknowledgmentsp. 319
Notes and Referencesp. 323
Indexp. 409
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