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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The Brain that Changes Itself 1 normam Mar 31, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I like his message of perseverance in a number of areas from stroke victims to autistic individuals, where new treatment incorporating mind set and using mind exercises to overcome difficult and devastating physical problems is a good one. Brain dis-function, or neurosis, is acquired the same way, by the repetition of negative experiences.

Doidge does not address these issues. Interestingly, this sometimes led to other learning problems also being resolved, as though a missing piece in the puzzle had been restored. I would add here that enthusiasm, often involving falling in love with a person, teacher, or game, is an important ingredient in paying close attention.

I do physical exercise. I found it to be a pretty “light” read, in that the science mumbo-jumbo had been effectively translated into English. This book started out quite interesting but unfortunately I doodge been able to continue reading it. They come to him because they are attracted to an impossible fantasy, and can no longer find their real life partner sexually attractive.

Can the theory of brain plasticity normann used to explain and even cure such cases. One of the things your book argues is that in other cultures and at other times there is strong evidence that people have and had access to some of these techniques.


This practice becomes second nature and then curative. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M. The Challenge The author challenges us to look at our own behavior and ask the question: There is a long and involved discussion of psychoanalysis that Fhe again found rather hard to take. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. This is what I choose to do. Ltself coming to Melbourne! An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable.

The longer Cheryl wore the hat, the longer she could keep her balance after she took it off.

Such phenomena as splitting, hysteria, obsessions and compulsions, and especially addictions must be explored from the theory of brain plasticity. These discoveries also explain a positive outcome of certain brain remapping and this is in the sexual realm.

I have gotten to the point where the exercises are getting difficult. He repeatedly points to experiments in which well exercised brains prove to be heavier and their neurons prove to be richer in interconnections — you can literally think yourself smarter. How would they be overcome?

One of the topics written about in this book. The fact that her right hemisphere took over from her left hemisphere the functions of speech and language, while performing its own functions speaks clearly for neuroplasticity.

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

This is a book discussing plasticity, and how real it is. Chages are four new interventions in the book just for traumatic brain injury alone. But my sense of what is possible for a person cognitively in the second half of life is much expanded. Thqt is just that there was this curl, right in the middle of its forehead and that was the problem. He has created a kind of ‘neosexuality’, a rebuilt libido that has strong roots in his buried sexual tendencies.


Furthermore, the malleable nature of the brain can have negative consequences and those are briefly explored. One concept never mentioned in the book is cost. Mar 24, Mike rated it it was amazing.

The Brain that Changes Itself | Norman Doidge, MD

When you have a stroke, you are done. It is the latter — electrical tje of energy in the brain — that in one way or another help or cause the brain to sculpt itself, neuroplastically.

The book is really a set of stories about people who have regained or developed senses they either lost or never had. To train a person who has lost the ability to speak to use another area of their brain is very incremental, itsrlf work applied over time by someone who really understands what it takes to grow new connections, and so on.

Doidge is, if not the inventor, then at least the populariser of a brand new science. That science is called neuroplasticity, and it develops from a growing understanding that the human brain — tgat centuries thought a fairly fixed and unregenerative organ that, if injured or diseased, is subject to only very limited recovery — is in fact capable of much more significant self-repair and healing.

Just hitting Wikipedia shows some doubt about the experiments — the ones with clear positive results were conducted by biased people and weren’t subjected to double-blind methods.

It seemed that studying biology would be very helpful in understanding some of the questions that agitated me.