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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Chris Christian missed him Mid book I chahges a little concerned about some areas braib an I really wasn’t sure how to rate this book as I don’t usually read non-fiction. This is important because when a patient recovers from a stroke so completely doctors think there was not much damage in the first place. Students no longer have to go to a library, they can sit at home and have the library come to them.

Do neuroplastic techniques require a particular cast of mind? I was very sceptical about this. Doidge does is introduce these scientists and their work with an ease and grace that brings the reader into their world and work.

Neuroplasticity as a double-edged sword can cause flexibility or rigidity to the brain tissues. Pedro eventually began typing and speaking and after a year of this unconventional therapy which included much love I think he was back teaching full time.

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There are also many parts of this work that I find simple-minded and annoying. I didn’t particularly li This book was amazing. What I am going to do now is: So much so dodge I was going to stop reading it and move onto something else a few times. This is an absolutely fascinating book about how neurologists have discovered in the past thirty years or so that the human brain is much, much more resilient and plastic than it was believed to be for norjan long time.

Thus, outside stimuli—like pornographic images—that link previously unrelated things e. May 23, Shaun rated it really liked it Shelves: In chapter 1, we meet Cheryl, a woman who has completely lost her sense of balance. He just seems to have a problem with difference in general. Various regions cortex and parts organelle of our brain that enable various actions speechlanguageseeingmusicmathplaying a sportbalancingsocializingparenting grow in size and vigor according to how much they are used.


View all 6 comments. I don’t have any particular arguments with his way of describing OCD and the treatment thereof: Doidge claims the reason traditional physiotherapy often fails is because they give up if there is no progress after a few months, which is not long enough.

I do physical exercise.

I would be remiss if I did not that the human brain can be rewired to consciously contact God and enjoy supreme bliss during this very life which is the ultimate rewiring and evolution of our Plastic changeable brain PETA are often crackpots, I think they might have had a point here, though.

It had my full attention until I got to the chapter on Handsome Henry and “sexual preference” when I got too angry to continue.

May 30, Marion rated it it was amazing Shelves: I could of course be struck down by any one of these terrible things in this book. 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, despite anything in the big, wide world!

Aug 27, Rebecca rated it liked it.

The theory from the time of Descartes, that pain receptors send a one way signal to the passive brain, has been refuted. Overall I though there was a lot of really interesting stories provided and good content on the subject. However, a search through critical expert reviews turned up nothing that specifically debunks what he is saying.

Therapy for people with learning disabilities. For example, one man had a stroke and lost the use of his left side. Dr Doidge says as of the writing of the book that the 4th more common reason people go on line is to view porn and it keeps getting harder and harder.

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It seems like that this book has become a classic and one can read it over and over again for a dose of encouragement about the brain and its plasticity and that there tne nothing impossible with God. In my world, false hope and false pessimism are evil twin brothers, each worthy competitors for doing harm.


Neurologists said that people could only get better in the first six months or a year after a stroke because they were describing what they saw. No trivia or quizzes yet. There was only one section of the book where I felt Doige was dodging some changrs. I can agree with the first part. There are many other stories of personal triumph. This is because after middle age a sense of relaxation about who we are and what we do xoidge us into repeating skills and favorite activities instead of learning new ones which allows the brain to atrophy.

We learn how people of average intelligence can, with brain exercises, improve their cognition and perception in order to become savant calculators, develop muscle strength, or learn to play a musical instrument, doideg by imagining doing so.

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Towards the end, Doidge seems to rely more on case studies, and case studies only, than on theoretical experiments. In all of this he is careful to stress that the science behind neuroplasticity is still in an unformed state, and that just because the methods work for some patients, they will not work for all. Ramachandran says that the distorted body images of anorexics and some who go for plastic surgery are caused by the brain and then projected onto the body.

Rather I now look at my behavior and say: I came to plasticity from these very western problems. There is good evidence for sound-based interventions.