Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WHAT? Brains can change themselves?



You can't teach an old dog new tricks. 

 

 How many times over the years have you heard that? If you're like me - plenty. Imagine my surprise and delight when I learned IT IS NOT TRUE .

 

 

The research and proof

Norman Doidge,M.D.'s first book is: The Brain That Changes Itself. This book was featured on PBS'S The Brain Fitness Program (Youtube Link here) and offers amazing stories about, and strategies for, brain flexibility. A five star book if there ever was one. If you, or someone you know, has had a stroke, brain injury or motor difficulties, read this book. It offers hope for recovery.

An astonishing new science called "neuroplasticity" is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they've transformed. From stroke patients learning to speak again to the remarkable case of a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, The Brain That Changes Itself will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.

We can learn at any age.


The stories in this book will make believers out of doubters. The hope offered to stroke patients, brain injured and others is remarkable. And for the rest of us, we can learn about our brains and put them to even better use.

And for writers

 

And I like the possibility for writers to create characters with amazing skills. Extrapolate from Doidge's research and who knows how your next character will turn out. My 'what-if' brain is running rampant through the possibilities.

One of the many positive reviews


“The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility. Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff...with implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history.”
-The New York Times


Read it or watch on Youtube
Let us know what you think of the book and the message.





6 comments:

  1. Fascinating topic! I'm putting The Brain that Changes Itself on my TBR list. :)

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    1. It is enlightening to read. And to put to use. It does however, remove a lot of excuses for a lot of people! We need to rise to the challenge.

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  2. Onward and upward! Thanks for the recommendation, Mahrie.

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    1. You're welcome,Marlene. This book would have been so useful when Grandma Reid had her stroke. Here's hoping others put it to good use with those that need it.

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  3. Brain research is fascinating. As a teacher, it's changed how I work with students in the classroom. Thanks for the link and book suggestion.

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    1. Melodie - I would have loved to have had this information when I was teaching. Good on you for putting it to such good use.

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