The Brain That Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge

This is a wonderful book. If you or loved one or a friend have ever suffered from head injuries or head trauma, as I have, then you will want to read The Brain That Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge.
Richard Ward

Norman Doidge, M.D., a psychiatrist and researcher, set out to investigate neuroplasticity and met both the brilliant scientists championing it and the people whose lives they’ve transformed.

The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

The Brain That Changes Itself is a riveting collection of case histories detailing the astonishing progress of people whose conditions had long been dismissed as hopeless. We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, a woman labeled retarded who cured her deficits with brain exercises and now cures those of others, blind people learning to see, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, painful phantom limbs erased, stroke patients recovering their faculties, children with cerebral palsy learning to move more gracefully, entrenched depression and anxiety disappearing, and lifelong character traits altered.

“You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to read it — just a person with a curious mind.” — Globe & Mail

Doidge takes us into terrain that might seem fantastic. We learn that our thoughts can switch our genes on and off, altering our brain anatomy. Scientists have developed machines that can follow these physical changes in order to read people’s thoughts, allowing the paralyzed to control computers and electronics just by thinking. We learn how people of average intelligence can, with brain exercises, improve their cognition and perception in order to become savant calculators, develop muscle strength, or learn to play a musical instrument, simply by imagining doing so.

“Only a few decades ago, scientists considered the brain to be fixed or ‘hardwired’ and considered most forms of brain damage, therefore, to be incurable. Dr. Doidge, an eminent psychiatrist and researcher, was struck by how his patients’ own transformations belied this and set out to explore the new science of neuroplasticity by interviewing both scientific pioneers in neuroscience, and patients who have benefited from neuro-rehabilitation. Here he describes in fascinating personal narratives how the brain, far from being fixed, has remarkable powers of changing its own structure and compensating for even the most challenging neurological conditions. Doidge’s book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.”
Oliver Sacks

Using personal stories from the heart of this neuroplasticity revolution, Dr. Doidge explores the profound implications of the changing brain for understanding the mysteries of love, sexual attraction, taste, culture and education in an immensely moving, inspiring book that will permanently alter the way we look at human possibility and human nature.

Lucid and absolutely fascinating…engaging, educational and riveting. It satisfies, in equal measure, the mind and the heart. Doidge is able to explain current research in neuroscience with clarity and thoroughness. He presents the ordeals of the patients about whom he writes- -people born with parts of their brains missing, people with learning disabilities, people recovering from strokes- -with grace and vividness. In the best medical narratives — and the works of Doidge… join that fraternity — the narrow bridge between body and soul is traversed with courage and eloquence.
Chicago Tribune

The Brain That Changes Itself is available on Amazon.

BEYOND MOTIVATION
by James T. McCay
with Richard E. Ward

BEYOND MOTIVATION delivers usable techniques for personal and group development that helps individuals and groups increase their productivity by recognizing that working with others is an exchange of energy.

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Making A Good Brain Great by Daniel G. Amen, M.D.

Making A Good Brain Great by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. is the ultimate how-to resource for healing and fine-tuning your greatest asset . . . your brain.

Buy Making a Good Brain Great by Dr. Daniel Amen

One of my doctors works with Daniel Amen and this book, Making A Good Brain Great: The Amen Clinic Program for Achieving and Sustaining Optimal Mental Performance, is a fantastic resource based on cutting-edge neuroscience.

I have found it to be a practical and easy-to-understand guide gives you the tools you need to optimize your brain-power. It has helped me to clearly understand the work that I am doing with my doctor to help heal my brain.

Your brain is at the center of everything you do, all you feel and think, and every nuance of how you relate to people. It’s both the supercomputer that runs your complex life and the tender organ that houses your soul. And while you may run, lift weights, or do yoga to keep your body in good condition, chances are you ignore your brain and trust it to do its job.

You will learn

  • How to protect your brain from injuries and toxic substances
  • How to nourish your brain with vitamins, and give it a mental workout
  • How to reduce stress, and rid your brain of negative thoughts, and more . . .

Fascinating brain-scan images

Filled with fascinating brain-scan images and anecdotes from Dr. Amen’s career on the front lines of brain research, Making a Good Brain Great delivers a vital health message in an entertaining package.

Recipes and Supplements

This book even includes actual recipes Dr. Amen recommends and plenty of supplemental recommendations too!

Even if you have not suffered from head trauma and are TBI Survivor as I am Making A Good Brain Great: The Amen Clinic Program for Achieving and Sustaining Optimal Mental Performance is an outstanding resource to help you make your good brain great.

BEYOND MOTIVATION
by James T. McCay
with Richard E. Ward

BEYOND MOTIVATION delivers usable techniques for personal and group development that helps individuals and groups increase their productivity by recognizing that working with others is an exchange of energy.

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