The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
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... show more
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.
Publish date: December 18th 2007
Pages no: 427
Edition language: English
This was far too Freudian for me (ALL masochists had childhood hospitalizations & learned there to fetishize pain) as well as entirely too full of anecdotes. I like my science more, well, sciencey. There were some interesting anecdotes, to be sure, but ultimately it was not what I was looking for.ET...
Oliver Sacks, he ain't. Despite the back cover blurb from Oliver Sacks, this is definitely a lesser book. There are some interesting things in here, and may be worth a read, even though there was one chapter that I thought was just terrible. But don't go looking here for Sacks' deep humanism and war...
Fascinating and easy to understand, Doidge presents compelling insights into the plasticity of the human brain.
I've found this book very interesting. The concept of brain functioning is widely discussed nowadays and this book follows the trend. However, it gives us hope that if we gonna get injured we may still function on a high standard level thanks to our brain's flexibility, its adjustment to changes. It...
I deducted half a star for tales of animal torture and another half for predigesting the science so artsy-fartsy types like me don't have to work too hard. Really, though, this is a 5 star book. Fascinating, hopeful stuff.