The Brain that Changes Itself

  • by Norman Doidge
  • Narrated by Jim Bond
  • 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they've transformed.

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What the Critics Say

"A remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain." (Oliver Sacks)
"Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff with implications for all human beings." (The New York Times)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Interesting topic, strange focus

What did you like best about The Brain that Changes Itself? What did you like least?

I liked that the book did give examples of real world evidence of plasticity and of the changing of the scientific mindset


Has The Brain that Changes Itself put you off other books in this genre?

No, although I will likely not put myself through listening to the whole thing if I'm not enjoying it again


What about Jim Bond’s performance did you like?

Well read, nice voice and good pace


If this book were a film would you go see it?

No


Any additional comments?

This book focuses so, so much on the "problem". You hear about what was wrong with someone in graphic, lengthy detail. Some of it is really not pleasant and, to my mind, not relevant. There is a fair amount of academic excess - 10 pages to say what could be said in 1 page, but that wouldn't be such a problem if the author just got on with tellings us about the topic (brains adapting) and less about people putting a nail through their genitals... In print, you could easily skip past that stuff, much less able to do that if you're listening to it while driving.

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- Icewraithuk "Petrolhead, geeky, security type consultant"

A must listen

I do feel that this book would possibly be a better read than listen as it's something I would like to dip in and out of, choosing the most interesting parts. However as I am currently unable to read I am very grateful that it is available on audio. For anyone like myself, who has a chronic pain condition and a belief in neural plasticity- ie the brain's ability to change- this is a must listen. It is an inspiring listen and fills me with real hope and positivity. I especially liked hearing the stories of those whose lives have been transformed by neural plasticity and wish there were more of these.
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- Saffy "Audible addict."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-09-2010
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd