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Recent discoveries in neuroscience have conclusively demonstrated that, by engaging in certain mental tasks or activities, we actually change the structure of our brains - from the cells themselves to the connections between cells. The capability of nerve cells to change is known as neuroplasticity, and Arrowsmith-Young has been putting it into practice for decades. With great inventiveness, after combining two lines of research, Barbara developed unusual cognitive calisthenics that radically increased the functioning of her weakened brain areas to normal and, in some areas, even above-normal levels. She drew on her intellectual strengths to determine what types of drills were required to target the specific nature of her learning problems, and she managed to conquer her cognitive deficits. Starting in the late 1970s, she has continued to expand and refine these exercises, which have benefited thousands of individuals. Barbara founded Arrowsmith School in Toronto in 1980 and then the Arrowsmith Program to train teachers and to implement this highly effective methodology in schools all over North America. Her work is revealed as one of the first examples of neuroplasticity’s extensive and practical application. The idea that self-improvement can happen in the brain has now caught fire.
The Woman Who Changed Her Brain powerfully and poignantly illustrates how the lives of children and adults struggling with learning disorders can be dramatically transformed. This remarkable book by a brilliant pathbreaker deepens our understanding of how the brain works and of the brain’s profound impact on how we participate in the world. Our brains shape us, but this book offers clear and hopeful evidence of the corollary: we can shape our brains.
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By Geoff on 02-13-14
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Non repetition of case, after case, after case. No content on what was done with each case, other than what the learning disability was, and what was the outcome because of her school. It felt like blatant advertising to me, with no substance, which is a disappointment because it actually sounded transformational.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Getting more on the science of changing the brain and reading about it. Not having to go to a school to find out.
How could the performance have been better?
Less advertising of her school and more around what the cognitive activities were
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
First chapter or two were fascinating. New content to me and really got me interested....until I got to the never ending sales pitch. A real let down. Even my 15 year old son picked up before me as we listened in the car that this was blatant advertising without giving away any detail about 'how'.
Any additional comments?
Content, content, content, not sales, sales, sales.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful