An astonishing new scientific 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 into old age.
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.
©2007 Norman Doidge (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
“A remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.” (Oliver Sacks)
“Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff with implications for all human beings.” (The New York Times)
I really enjoyed this book, learnt a lot about neuroscience and how much potential there is for the brain to tune itself, especially in adults.
However the audio needs attention, as it's missing a lot of treble and midrange, making it hard to listen to in the car (even with the high quality audio format)
I have already recommended this highly insightful and thought provoking book which covers so many aspects of this amazing organ. I'm keen to learn more.
This was a good book but Freud? Really? That there is only one letter difference between "Freud" and "fraud" should be taken as a sign regardless of one's relationship with chance and karma. The inclusion of his ideas in an otherwise interesting work seriously devalues the whole but it's worth the read (or listen) nonetheless.
"Intriguing insight into the workings of the brain"
This is a great 'read' if you are interested in the way the brain works and particularly how the brain manages to repair itself or work around obstacles to keep the body functioning. Its also professionally narrated. It talks about perceptions, how the brain deals with pain (it "allows" pain signals for example) and what it does if the body loses an eye or a limb by remapping parts of the brain to compensate, or how, in some cases, it fails such as phantom limb syndrome. I found it fascinating and insightful and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has a keen interest in science and research or human perception.
"Seminal review of the area"
Loved it and reminded of our need to be honest with ourselves about our level of knowledge.
"Amazing, thought provoking stuff"
The concept of brain changes occurring from such unconventional treatments is truly fascinating.
The chapters on light and sound therapy and the scope of conditions they assist with.
What an amazing book. I now feel like I can achieve anything. For so many people to accomplish so much with such adversity is unbelieveable
"A dishonest book, it is not evidence based science"
It started off promisingly, neuroplasticity is real, but the author distorts the topic so much that in the end you can't tell fact from fiction.
His personal biases, (he has many). For example he rams is unproven idea that god exists down your throat in a patronizing manner. He pushes these commercial entities making a buck off neuroplasticity with what seems to be an uncritical eye.and on and on... Just because he is an MD does not make him right.
The girl who was born with half a brain and made good use of it, without any help.
Snake oil sales men will make a lot of money from this book, so I guess sadness that many people will be sucked in.
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"Interesting topic, strange focus"
I liked that the book did give examples of real world evidence of plasticity and of the changing of the scientific mindset
No, although I will likely not put myself through listening to the whole thing if I'm not enjoying it again
Well read, nice voice and good pace
This book focuses so, so much on the "problem". You hear about what was wrong with someone in graphic, lengthy detail. Some of it is really not pleasant and, to my mind, not relevant. There is a fair amount of academic excess - 10 pages to say what could be said in 1 page, but that wouldn't be such a problem if the author just got on with tellings us about the topic (brains adapting) and less about people putting a nail through their genitals... In print, you could easily skip past that stuff, much less able to do that if you're listening to it while driving.
"Informative, interesting and a pleasure to listen"
This audio book is great if you struggle to read or don't have the time to read. It's informative, and interesting right until the end.
I'd recommend it to anyone interested in this topic.
"Incredible learning experience"
Strongly recommend this to anyone. It is a real eye opener on the brain. The concept of the "plastic paradox" is important for all of us to understand
A well written book and a fascinating subject. Highly recommended reading or a good audio book.
"A must listen"
I do feel that this book would possibly be a better read than listen as it's something I would like to dip in and out of, choosing the most interesting parts. However as I am currently unable to read I am very grateful that it is available on audio. For anyone like myself, who has a chronic pain condition and a belief in neural plasticity- ie the brain's ability to change- this is a must listen. It is an inspiring listen and fills me with real hope and positivity. I especially liked hearing the stories of those whose lives have been transformed by neural plasticity and wish there were more of these.
"Incredible, but not credible"
I really wanted to like this book, and at first I did. Quite soon however, I started questioning it at a very fundamental level, to the point where I eventually felt that I couldn't really trust the conclusions. I felt it was sold to me as a means for a layman to understand a complicated area of science, but when looking closer I felt it really lacked a proper scientific approach. Every conclusion in the book was presented using such supreme certainty, in a field where virtually everything is up for debate. I just couldn't believe that the author could know all of that without even a shadow of a doubt.
Some serious warning lights finally started flashing when the author started bringing up Freud left right and center. I mean, perhaps the guy had some good points. But the author discussed Freud as if virtually everything he stood for had been vindicated by the theory of plasticity. Furthermore, like Freud, he kept using his narrow studies and anecdotes to justify a series of extremely moralising conclusions on society.
I didn't hate this book and it certainly inspired me to read more on the subject. However, I cannot recommend it.
Extremely interesting, fascinating read. So much traditional medical knowledge is a load of rubbish! All doctors should read this book!
However, I would get a paper version. The narrator has such a monotonous droning way of speaking, and his intonation is so strange sometimes the meaning of the sentence is lost by emphasising the wrong word.
Brilliant and massively informative I would recommend it to any one interested in phsychology or the mind
"Read by a robot?"
I was keen to read this book and fascinated by the subject matter. However, my enjoyment was completely ruined by the reader. His robotic like voice did not flow, places inflections where they should not be and lacked rise and fall where they should be.... completely odd to listen to and very distracting. Disappointing.
"Interesting stuff, applicable to all."
A little bit slow to start, but then very interesting stuff, including something's I was not aware of despite reading about the subject previously.
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