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The brain that changes itself : stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science

Author: Norman Doidge
Publisher: Melbourne : Scribe, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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A new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the old notion that the human brain is immutable. Psychoanalyst Doidge traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they've transformed--people whose mental limitations or brain damage were seen as unalterable. We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, blind  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Norman Doidge
ISBN: 9781921372742 1921372745 067003830X 9780670038305
OCLC Number: 1004165535
Description: xvi, 427 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: A woman perpetually falling : rescued by the man who discovered the plasticity of our senses --
Building herself a better brain : a woman labeled "retarded" discovers how to heal herself --
Redesigning the brain : a scientist changes brains to sharpen perception and memory, increase speed of thought, and heal learning problems --
Acquiring tastes and loves : what neuroplasticity teaches about sexual attraction and love --
Midnight resurrections : stroke victims learn to move and speak again --
Brain lock unlocked : using plasticity to stop worries, obsessions, compulsions, and bad habits --
Pain : the dark side of plasticity --
Imagination : how thinking makes it so --
Turning our ghosts into ancestors : psychoanalysis as a neuroplastic therapy --
Rejuvenation : the discovery of the neuronal stem cell and lessons for preserving our brains --
More than the sum of her parts : a woman shows us how radically plastic the brain can be --
The culturally modified brain --
Plasticity and the idea of progress.
Responsibility: Norman Doidge.

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A new discovery called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the adult human brain is fixed and unchanging. It is, instead, able to change its own structure and function, even  Read more...

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'In the intrepid tradition of Oliver Sacks, Norman Doidge embarks on a fantastic voyage through the labyrinth of the human brain.';- Simon Hughes, AFR Magazine;;An 'essential primer for anyone who Read more...

 
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