Chapters in the book:
1. A Woman Perpetually Falling – Rescued by the Man Who Discovered the Plasticity of Our Senses
2. Building Herself a Better Brain – A Woman Labeled “Retarded” Discovers How to Heal Herself
3. Redesigning the Brain – A Scientist Changes Brains to Sharpen Perception and Memory, Increase Speed of Thought, and Heal Learning Problems
4. Acquiring Tastes and Loves – What Neuroplasticity Teaches Us About Sexual Attraction and Love
5. Midnight Resurrections – Stroke Victims Learn to Move and Speak Again
6. Brain Lock Unlocked – Using Plasticity to Stop Worries, Obsessions, Compulsions, and Bad Habits
7. Pain – The Dark Side of Plasticity
8. Imagination – How Thinking Makes It So
9. Turning Our Ghosts Into Ancestors – Psychoanalysis as a Neuroplastic Therapy
10. Rejuvenation – The Discovery of the Neuronal Stem Cell and Lessons for Preserving Our Brains
11. More than the Sum of Her Parts – A Woman Shows Us How Radically Plastic the Brain Can Be
Appendix 1 – The Culturally Modified Brain
Appendix 2 – Plasticity and the Idea of Progress
What is neuroplasticity? Neuroplasticity or brain plasticity is a term used by neuroscientists referring to the brain’s ability to change at any age for BETTER as well as for worse. After a certain age we don’t really consider that our brain function can improve but this is a mis-conception and certainly a mis-representation of fact.
Here is a quote on brain plasticity from Dr. Doidge’s webpage:
Brain plasticity is a physical process. Gray matter can actually shrink or thicken; neural connections can be forged and refined or weakened and severed. Changes in the physical brain manifest as changes in our abilities. For example, each time we learn a new dance step, it reflects a change in our physical brains: new “wires” (neural pathways) that give instructions to our bodies on how to perform the step. Each time we forget someone’s name, it also reflects brain change— “wires”that once connected to the memory have been degraded, or even severed. As these examples show, changes in the brain can result in improved skills (a new dance step) or a weakening of skills (a forgotten name).
Read Chapter 3 – Redesigining the Brain A Scientist Changes Brains to Sharpen Perception and Memory, Increase Speed of Thought, and Heal Learning Problems.
I am still reading this book and will continue to report. I hope that I’ve given you enough information that you’ve taken a look yourself, explored Dr. Doidge’s website, maybe tried some of the free brain exercises available there, or have signed up at positscience.com for BrainHQ and are experiencing some re-connection of the “wires” of your own brain.
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