Ellen’s January Recommendation

jacket1The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, M.D.

Review from Choice: “Doidge (Columbia Univ.) skillfully brings challenging neuroscience research to the lay reader through presentations of interesting case studies supported by research evidence. The common theme throughout the book is brain plasticity, i.e., ability of the brain to change and adapt. Doidge interviewed many leading neuroscientists in preparing this work. He shows links between basic animal research, clinical research, and practical treatment programs developed as a result of the basic research. Areas of neuroscience research discussed range from rehabilitation of paralyzed limbs to treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder to mental agility exercises for aging adults. The author also addresses learning disorders, autism, pornography addiction, grieving, and mental practice. Forty years ago, most scientists thought that the brain could not generate new cells, and that people with brain injuries and disorders had to compensate for the neural loss. In every chapter Doidge presents new cases that illustrate the tremendous plasticity of the brain, and the reader is continually wowed with just how plastic and adaptable the human brain really is. Special educators, rehabilitation practitioners, psychologists, gerontologists, and neuroscientists will value this book.”

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