• The Brain That Changes Itself

  • Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
  • By: Norman Doidge
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (334 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, MD, 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 people who learn to see, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, stroke patients learning to speak, children with cerebral palsy learning to move with more grace, depression and anxiety disorders successfully treated, and lifelong character traits changed. 

Using these marvelous stories to probe mysteries of the body, emotion, love, sex, culture, and education, Dr. Doidge has written an immensely moving, inspiring book that will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.

©2007 Norman Doidge (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic 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)

"Brilliant.... Doidge has identified a tidal shift in basic science....The implications are monumental." (The London Times)

"Fascinating. Doidge's book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain." (Oliver Sacks, MD)

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Enlightening and Encouraging

This is a wonderful and informative book about Nero-Plasticity. The history of the conflict of accepting this idea on the Fields of Psychology and Neurology. I will admit that some of the Topics extrapolated are way above my understanding but overall a great Listen. I definitely plan on giving this a another listen once some time has passed. I highly recommend.

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Excellent!

This books has provided so many insights and ideas regarding the human brain and mind! Definitely worth the time!

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***MIND BLOWN***

Since starting this book, I've recommend it to at least 10 people. A well-written non-fiction that anyone can appreciate. This book conveys MANY examples of how the brain's plasticity relates to everyday life. You'll understand your brain and thoughts better after you read this. DEFINITELY worth the read.

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Excellent book

I loved this book. Norman Doidge wrote about the plastic brain and many of the scientists and patients who worked to no only understand the brain and its plasticity, but also to help those who may most benefit and gain (or re-gain) sensory input from their brain rewiring itself.
Jim Bond’s performance was also great. His inflections and usage is posted due f

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Learn about the amazing brain!

This is a fascinating book about the power of the brain and natural ways of healing that we hear so little about. I highly recommend!

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Stroke survivor- highly recommend!!

This book helps all people understand how to reside the brain, not just ones w brain traumas

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Neuroplasticity - a must read

I loved both the narrator and the author. It is a must read for everyone in the field of rehabilitation, it is a start to be open minded and see the possibilities we did not think they exist.

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a must read

Love the book, very rich and easy to understand. sheds light on the power of the brain and endless possibilities to evolve

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Thought provoking, interesting, very informative

I loved the amount of new concepts about neuroplastcity which I had not known previously. Tons of great case book examples, research studies, and analogies for what they are conveying. If you’re interested in how the brain is an fluid/ever changing machine, definitely give this a listen!

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A must read!

So grateful for this book. It had helped me understand human behavior and myself in a very acct way.