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Train your mind, change your brain : how a new science reveals our extraordinary potential to transform ourselves

Author: Sharon Begley
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Neuroscience long held that the hardware of the brain is immutable--that we are stuck with what we were born with. As science journalist Begley shows, however, recent pioneering experiments in the new science of neuroplasticity reveal that the brain is capable not only of altering its structure but also of generating new neurons, even into old age. The brain can adapt, heal, renew itself after trauma, and compensate  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon Begley
ISBN: 1400063906 9781400063901 9780345479891 0345479890
OCLC Number: 69028460
Description: xviii, 283 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Can we change? Challenging the dogma of the hardwired brain --
Th enchanted loom; The discovery of neuroplasticity --
New neurons for old brains; Neurogenesis --
A child shall lead them; The neuroplasticity of young brains --
Footprints on the brain; Sensory experience reshapes adult brains --
Mind over matter; Mental activity changes the brain --
Nature through nurture; Turning on genes in the brain --
Blaming Mom? Rewired for compassion --
Transforming the emotional mind; Challenging the happiness "Set point" --
Now what?
Responsibility: Sharon Begley ; [foreword by the Dalai Lama ; preface by Daniel Goleman].
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Neuroscience long held that the hardware of the brain is immutable--that we are stuck with what we were born with. As science journalist Begley shows, however, recent pioneering experiments in the new science of neuroplasticity reveal that the brain is capable not only of altering its structure but also of generating new neurons, even into old age. The brain can adapt, heal, renew itself after trauma, and compensate for disability. Begley documents how this paradigm shift is transforming both our understanding of the human mind and our approach to deep-seated emotional, cognitive, and behavioral problems. These breakthroughs show that it is possible to reset our happiness meter, regain the use of limbs disabled by stroke, train the mind to break cycles of depression and OCD, and reverse age-related changes in the brain. They also suggest that it is possible to teach and learn compassion.--From publisher description.

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