The Brain that Changes Itself

  • by Norman Doidge
  • Narrated by Jim Bond
  • 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An astonishing new scientific discovery called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the adult human brain is fixed and unchanging. It is, instead, able to change its own structure and function, even into old age.
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.


What the Critics Say

“A remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.” (Oliver Sacks)
“Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff with implications for all human beings.” (The New York Times)


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A dishonest book, it is not evidence based science

What disappointed you about The Brain that Changes Itself?

It started off promisingly, neuroplasticity is real, but the author distorts the topic so much that in the end you can't tell fact from fiction.

What was most disappointing about Norman Doidge’s story?

His personal biases, (he has many). For example he rams is unproven idea that god exists down your throat in a patronizing manner. He pushes these commercial entities making a buck off neuroplasticity with what seems to be an uncritical eye.and on and on... Just because he is an MD does not make him right.

Which scene was your favorite?

The girl who was born with half a brain and made good use of it, without any help.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Snake oil sales men will make a lot of money from this book, so I guess sadness that many people will be sucked in.

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- N

Intriguing insight into the workings of the brain

This is a great 'read' if you are interested in the way the brain works and particularly how the brain manages to repair itself or work around obstacles to keep the body functioning. Its also professionally narrated. It talks about perceptions, how the brain deals with pain (it "allows" pain signals for example) and what it does if the body loses an eye or a limb by remapping parts of the brain to compensate, or how, in some cases, it fails such as phantom limb syndrome. I found it fascinating and insightful and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has a keen interest in science and research or human perception.
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- Russell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-23-2010
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd