The Brain That Changes Itself

| May 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

“The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” is the full name of the book, and, as you might guess from the title, it’s another interesting book about neuroscience. To be more precise it’s about a relatively new branch of science called neuroplasticity, which is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable.

 

Basic Info

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; 1 edition (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067003830X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670038305
  • Average Amazon Customer Review:4.6 out of 5 stars  (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

 

About the Author

Norman Doidge is a Canadian-born psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, essayist, poet and author of The Brain That Changes Itself (2007). Doidge studied literary classics and philosophy at the University of Toronto and graduated “With High Distinction.” Besides his academic work he is an established poet and has received E.J. Pratt Prize for Poetry at age 19.

Short Review

Brain is perhaps the most mysterious organ. Scholars throughout the ages have been searching for the hiding place of the soul and consciousness. After long years scientists believe that they’ve at least partially solved this mystery. And during the exploration and research of the human brain many wonderful insights were discovered. Nevertheless, this mysterious organ still has a lot of amazing secrets as it seems. And that’s exactly what “The Brain That Changes Itselft” talks about.

For a long time scientists believed that the brain doesn’t change much after maturity, which in turn meant that things like IQ could not be changed or certain disabilities could not be fixed.  However, the discovery and development of  neuroplasticity uncovered amazing evidence that the brain can in fact change in the most interesting ways. A variety of real-life cases are discussed in the book, including:  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, ageing brains rejuvenated, stroke patients learning to speak, children with cerebral palsy learning to move with more grace and much more.

Now brain science is a tough subject, but this book is for the wide audience. And Doidge does a terrific job of explaining concepts of neuroscience to an every-day reader. There’s just something in his style that makes this book fun and easy to read. And taking into account that the subject of this book is truly fascinating as well, I would like to recommend this book for anyone.

Also check out this interview with Norman Doidge about neuroplasticity:

 

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