Daily Archives: March 13, 2012

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

This book conveys a lot of cutting-edge neurology not just in an accessible way but in an engaging and inspiring way.  One is eager to discover whether Cheryl, whose damaged balance system makes it impossible for her to stand or walk, can regain her balance.  Like the subjects of many of the book’s other case studies, she surprises; she learns to dance. We meet people recovering from strokes, overcoming serious learning disabilities, and functioning with only part of a brain. 

These personal narratives illustrate that the brain has remarkable powers to change its own structure.  The author, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, discusses how this brain plasticity can help one stop worries, obsessions and compulsions.

The book will appeal to anyone interested in the science of the brain, or in personal stories of overcoming adversity, or in improving one’s own brain functioning. Fans of Oliver Sacks will be delighted.  There is no gap in this book between riveting stories, clear science explanation, and strategies that can be applied in own’s life.

Official website for the book.