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

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Scribe Publications, 2008 - Brain damage - 423 pages
An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable.

Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, travelled around the US 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 marvellous 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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This book explains and explores the field of neuroplasticity, the ability of our brains to change.
It is a well written, not too technical insight into case studies and years worth of research into
the history and amazing groundbreaking achievements of people working in the field of neuroplasticity.
This book dramatically altered my perception of the human brain and how it operates and has had ramifications on how I educate my children, and how I think about my own education. It has shown me that the possibility of the human brain to adapt, change and conquer obstacles is near limitless.
A highly recommended book for anyone, especially for those people who want to expand their knowledge on how we humans think and behave.

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