The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science (James H. Silberman Books)

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At times however, the book trends toward the genre of feel-good, positive thinking, self-help literature...Still, Doidge’s book is a triumph, challenging deep-seated institutional biases. It gives hope to those who sorely need it, and perhaps something better—results.
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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.
 

About Norman Doidge

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Norman Doidge, M.D., is a research psychiatrist and psychoanalyst on the faculty at the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center in New York and the University of Toronto, as well as an award-winning writer. He has presented his scientific research at the White House.
 
Published March 15, 2007 by Penguin Books. 448 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by David Hersman on Mar 06 2014

At times however, the book trends toward the genre of feel-good, positive thinking, self-help literature...Still, Doidge’s book is a triumph, challenging deep-seated institutional biases. It gives hope to those who sorely need it, and perhaps something better—results.

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