The Brain That Changes Itself

  • by Norman Doidge
  • Narrated by Jim Bond
  • 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, best-selling 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)


What the Critics Say

"Fascinating. Doidge's book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain." (Oliver Sacks)
"Readers will want to read entire sections aloud and pass the book on to someone who can benefit from it....Links scientific experimentation with personal triumph in a way that inspires awe." (The Washington Post)


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Customer Reviews

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Text book

Very informative. A must for scientific minds. Much like a text book on the brain in its scientific feel. Focus on brain damage and defects repair. Would have been more interesting if there were more examples of how normal brain people can use this research to strengthen their brains.
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a nauseating experience

A promising subject is made unbearable by descriptions of nauseating experiments on animals such as sewing a kittens eyes shut and mutilating primates to deprive of the use of their limbs. The author describes such experiments as "brilliant" and "ingenious" rather than scientific sadism. It is truly regrettable that despite the advances of this century, that we have been unable to move beyond such primitive and barbaric techniques.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-01-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio