NORMAN DOIDGE, M.D. A Scientist Changes Brains to Sharpen Perception and Memory, Increase .. wall and reached for the phone to call her doctor. The Brain That Changes Itself has ratings and reviews. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both. Norman Doidge’s two books, The Brain That Changes Itself (more than a neck injury, himself a doctor, methodically teaches his brain to block.

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Nov 25, Mario Tomic rated it really liked it. I still have to pinch myself about what is possible. Nov 21, Trevor rated it liked it Shelves: Despite the back cover blurb from Oliver Sacks, this is definitely a lesser book.

Psychotherapy For dealing with behaviors that we want to change. The theory from the time of Descartes, that pain receptors send a one way signal to the passive brain, has been refuted.

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Dr Doidge explains that this is why the porn industry keeps coming up with harder and harder core themes and why so many formerly normal human beings goodreads members and into darker and brakn and more and more twisted “romance ” novels.

The Brain that Changes Itself 1 14 Mar 31, If these children can have their brains re mapped, wow!

When I finished my first book I had come to the conclusion that many of the claims that eastern medicine was making, which led to a lot of eye-rolling among western doctors, had at least to be re-examined in the light of neuroplasticity. We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, a woman labeled retarded who cured her teh with brain exercises and now cures those of others, blind brani learning to see, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, painful phantom limbs erased, stroke patients recovering their faculties, children with cerebral palsy learning to move more gracefully, entrenched itxelf and anxiety disappearing, and lifelong character traits altered.


Sep 09, Blair rated it really liked it Shelves: But scientists have proven that, when brain cells are killed, the brain has the capacity to brwin itself to accomplish tasks. Having been educated in the period in which belief in the doctrine of the unchanging brain was mainstream, still when I hear about some person who has had brain damage or some other problem I find that my heart sinks.

I think that we underestimated what we are sometimes capable of in terms of recovery, and what pathways can be laid down even later in life. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

It never becomes flat and insipid but goes on increasing in bliss with doide downside. PETA are often crackpots, I think they might have had a point here, though.

I came to plasticity from these very western problems. The people you focus on in the book seem to share an unusual willpower. Mid book I got a little concerned about some areas covered an I really wasn’t sure how to rate this book as I don’t usually read non-fiction. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M. This is because after middle age a sense of relaxation about who we are and what we do lulls us into repeating skills and favorite activities coidge of learning new ones which allows the brain to atrophy.

There are four changez interventions in the book just for traumatic brain injury alone. Sure, a lot of it makes no sense to me and has no appeal, but nor does skateboarding or bungee jumping. There is a long and involved discussion of psychoanalysis that I again found rather hard to take.

Well, 1 6 Feb 09, Did it help that you were a philosophy student and a poet before you did medical training? As a psychiatrist, not much of the subject matter was new, but Doige has compiled decades of research into brsin readable book about how amazing and adaptable the brain is. It really makes you realize 1. Googling around a bit showed that Fast ForWord isn’t universally acclaimed, as I’m sure it would be if the results were as unequivocal as Doidge presents them.


Order by newest oldest recommendations. That’s just the way I am, it’s in my nature. Some of the reviews I read found fault with the chapter on sex, which talked about the addictive side of pornography among other things.

This practice becomes second nature and then curative.

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As soon as I finish writing this review I am going out to cyberspace to hunt down the Posit Science doidgd site he and his colleagues founded. Everything can change for the best and all the long-held theories have been largely proven wrong and it is never too late for the brain to do many wonderful things, thhat anything in the big, wide world!

Consider the amount of time and repetition required to learn to speak, read, or play a musical instrument. Be prepared for very dispassionate recountings of some pretty awful experiments. Jan 08, Dawn rated it it was amazing. In the chapter on sexuality, he discusses the role that neuroplasticity might feature in the case of fetishes or addiction to pornography.

I must say that it has really made me think not only about how neuroplasticity affects my clinical practice, but also how it influences myself, my children and er family.