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

Doidge, Norman
Publisher:  Viking, New York, USA
Year Published:  2007  
Pages:  428pp   Price:  $31.00   ISBN:  978-0-670-03830-5
Library of Congress Number:  QP363.3.D65 2007   Dewey:  612.8--dc22
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX6936

Doidge explains neuroplasticity and shows that the brain is not a collection of specialized parts but a dynamic organ and can rewire and rearrange itself as the need arises.


Table of Contents

Note to the Reader

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 Us 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

The Dark Side of Plasticity

How Thinking Makes It So

Turning Our Ghosts into Ancestors
Psychoanalysis as a Neuroplastic Therapy

The Discovery of the Neural 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

Appendix 1
The Culturally Modified Brain

Appendix 2
Plasticity and the Idea of Progress


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