Title: Brain That Changes Itself, The
Authors: Doidge, Norman
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 421
Year: 2007
Language: English
Description: 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. Using personal stories from the heart of this neuroplasticity, 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. [Taken from book blurb.]

Comments from Groups:

An amazing book - the case studies gave us real encouragement to pursue new interests. Coromandel 00

Terrific discussion. Most of us are over 80 and resolved to start brain exercising before it's too late. A really interesting book. Hamilton 007

Such an enlightening and enthralling read. Everybody had a connection to this book. We applied the theories to education, music, health and everyday living. Leigh 001

Provoked plenty of discussion regarding the many areas of brain damage covered in the book, plus the veracity of the research. Wellington 005

Not a book to go to bed and read. You needed to concentrate. Fascinating. Thoroughly enjoyed by the group. Auckland 050

A great read. We all learned a lot & so we had a good discussion. Most of us intend to buy the book as a reference book. Wellington 130

The group loved the book and thought it was up-to-date, educational, well written.The discussion was lively and personal connections to the content of the book were made. Everyone should read it. Christchurch 095

Categories: Non fiction, Medical/Health, Science & Technology, What's Hot, Popular Book with Groups


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By: WHANG 023 2018-10-22 19:11:40
What a great book for people who have family members afflicted by strokes. I have a very personal connection to this book because (SPOILER: Don't Try This At Home) just after finishing it, I had a stroke! Having always had a dread of strokes I found myself strangely optimistic simply because I had just finished this book. I found that I wasn't looking through my dread filled eyes, instead I was looking at my stroke as a transitional phase until my brain had sorted something out. I'd recommend anyone read this book because it is informative on so many levels.

By: GISB 003 2018-10-15 14:10:07
Everyone found this book really interesting, some exceptionally so. We had tended to focus on chapters that reflected our experiences or family illnesses. It was particularly enlightening for a group of older people (as we are) trying to keep our brains in shape.

By: WHANG 008 2018-10-15 14:05:29
Fascinating - a new (for most) and inspiring view of the brain and its possibilities.

By: CART 003 2018-10-15 13:59:32
This is a book most of us would probably never have read if not in the book club, so thank you! Most of us loved it, and found it quite challenging, very informative and inspirational. Most of us took away information that we will apply to our own lives and circumstances - it changed us and our knowledge about ourselves. A great choice.

By: WANAK 015 2018-10-15 13:49:11
This was one of the few books we ALL thought was very worthwhile - full of interesting and significant details about relevant science of the brain. Extremely well written - a real hit.

By: NAP 029 2018-10-15 13:47:39
This book got our members' interest, especially as we have several doctors in our group!!! As this book was written a while ago, many of the ideas have become common practice. We had a good lively discussion of this book.

By: CHCH 353 2018-10-15 13:45:14
Only one member of the group had read 'The Brain that Changes Itself'. She presented a very enthusiastic account of the book, and a lively discussion followed. The rest of the group will now find time to read it! A very important book about how the brain can heal itself.

By: CHCH 240 2018-06-22 15:11:42
A mixed reaction from the group. Some found it "too technical" whereas those who read it from beginning to end found it fascinating and interesting. It shows how complicated the brain is, nothing is static, it is changing all the time, and how little we still know about it. It reinforced the theory of personal illnesses for some. A good read, much like a reference book, with fascinating case studies that turned the book into a thought-provoking read rather than a medical reference book. Absolutely fascinating to some. An intriguing book that you can't "love" but appreciate.

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