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“Fascinating. Doidge’s book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.”—Oliver Sacks, MD, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

What is neuroplasticity? Is it possible to change your brain? Norman Doidge’s inspiring guide to the new brain science explains all of this and more

An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable, and proving that it is, in fact, possible to change your brain. Psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity, its healing powers, and the people whose lives they’ve transformed—people whose mental limitations, brain damage or brain trauma 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.

Health, Mind & Body
March 15
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Lea Therianos ,


Great stories and so many interesting facts about the latest discoveries in brain science.

BrieXOXO ,

Simply Amazing!

This book has excited me in so many ways. If you are interested in some of the history and evidence behind the new idea of neuroplasticity, this is the book for you! I am a pre-med student majoring in neuroscience and this book is one of my most adored in my collection. It takes you on a wonderful journey, I would recommend this to anyone!

Omar Naziry ,

Must read!

This book is absolutely fascinating. I was always interested in neuroscience - and astronomy because those are the two final frontiers. The more we study about them the less we actually know! Two fascinating fields indeed! I am giving this book 5 stars! Pick up a copy now you will love it!

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