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The common wisdom was that after childhood the brain changed only when it . While the human brain has apparently underestimated itself, neuroplasticity isn'. The Brain That Changes Itself. (Norman Doidge). • Stages of learning are followed by periods of. consolidaDon. • The loss of drills such as rote memorizaDon. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. For years the doctrine of neuroscientists has been that the brain is a machine: break a part and you lose that function.

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Norman Doidge in his wonderfully written best-seller, The Brain that Changes Itself. But Norman that the brain can learn new ways of doing things, that it can. 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 moreAn. Doidge in The Brain That Changes Itself doesn't just explain how the brain works, but also how you can change your brain and make it work.

People training mentally on a skill were almost as good as people who actually trained physically for that skill.

Both start as electrical impulses in our brain which then sends signals to our muscles. Experiments have already proven how people with electrodes in their brain could move objects connected to those electrodes, allowing us to imagine a future where paralyzed people can move objects around them. Our brain is not disconnected from our body. Every thought leaves a trace by altering the shape of the brain itself.

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The author poignantly ask: Pascual-Leone uses a great analogy: The slope, snow consistency and terrain beneath the slope are our genes, a given. Albeit the slope is partly given, we can steer the sledge to choose a path. The more we keep using those paths, the more we strengthen and the more we increase our chances of using them again.

Those are our habits, which can be good habits or bad ones. As Thaub showed with his research on OCD, to develop a new pathway, you have to block the other already existing ones. However, Doidge later explains, we can also shape our genes.

In this chapter Norman Doidge goes through a breathtaking real life case of a patient he cured. The patient goes beyond the walls he har erected to avoid dealing with the devastating pain.

The Brain That Changes Itself deals with a very important topic as well: Our brains, like all other organs, gradually decline. And yet it still goes under massive plastic reorganization. High IQ has been correlated to how well someone can recover from lost brain functions.

It seems like having intelligence to spare allowed people to better restructure the brain. The question is then why on earth should the left hemisphere limit our potential? Better to let go of the details and use that space for other activities.

Culture does shape the brain. Well, a key difference is in a gene determining how many neurons will be produced.

Our neurons are the same as the ones in chimps, we just produce more. However his insight on what follows is great. Freu said civilization rests on our ability to inhibit our lowest urges, but sometimes we can go overboard with it and crease neurosis Tim Grover indeed in his epic book Relentless says that for top achievement we should be able to find our innermost, basic drives.

Doidge does it though. Basically our base tendencies from our older, instinctual brain part, can be attached, thanks to neuroplasticity, to a host of different activities, including our more civilized, cognitive-cerebral ones.

Civilization, says Doidge in one of the best moments of the whole book, is a tenuous affair that must be taught in each generation. Civilization is a tenuous affair we must constantly teach and care for Click To Tweet.

There seem to be a link between how much TV children have been exposed to and the likelihood of developing attention deficit disorder. Modern medium such as TV, movies and soap operas make constant use of cuts, zoom and sudden noises that, genetically, attract our attention. The price to pay could be a difficulty to concentrate and staying at tasks for a long time.

Which, I would add, is a key to success at pretty much anything. You have to repeat the exposure to grow new neural connections. Which is great for your bad habits. But keep the good ones going if you want to keep them for long.

Some stories, like the one against PETA or the one about porn were too long in my opinion. The Brain That Changes Itself is a fantastic book to understand how the brain works. But most importantly many, many of these tools you can practically use for your own personal advancements and to improve your life I leverage many of them in my Social Mastery Guide. The author is a sociologist M.

An avid reader with an endless thirst for wisdom, he built the web's biggest repository of free book summaries and reviews. If you want to do more, learn more and be more, this is your place. Join the movement. You must be logged in to post a comment. Norman Doidge Genre: Science Publisher: The good bits of this book, though, were very good. The discussion on how the centres in the brain that had once been devoted to the phantom limb and were then used by other parts of the body sometimes with near catastrophic consequences was truly fascinating.

As was the discussion of the woman born with only the right side of her brain. The story of the woman at the start who was 'constantly falling' - a bit like Alice getting to Wonderland - was also another of those horror stories, I initially worried this book might end up. But also a fascinating story, all the same.

There is a long and involved discussion of psychoanalysis that I again found rather hard to take. Perhaps not ever cigar ends up being a penis, but every box seems to end up a coffin. I just find myself shaking my head reading this stuff and wishing it was all over. It tends to be a subject people who have studied philosophy look down on rather unfairly.

I would expect that someone with strong left-wing ideas would tend towards a belief that the oppressive structures that exist in society are able to be changed. Rewiring occurs between neurons, at the synapse level.

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A rewired group of neurons strengthen their connections at the synapse level. Critical Periods Norman Doidge also introduces here the concept of critical period, such as that brain development goes through periods in which it is especially plastic and sensitive to change.

Language for example has a critical period between eight years and puberty. The difference in plasticity between critical period and adult plasticity then, says Merzenich, is that during the critical period simply exposition is enough to change our brain maps because the brain is always in learning mode.

In adults instead, paying close attention and efforts are what allow for plasticity. How To Learn Effectively Merzenich proved that human brains are plastic even in adult age, and that experience changes the brain. Specifically, when neurons get trained through repetition, they become more efficient and can fire faster, and faster firing also means faster reaction and faster thought in general check The Talent Code for more on deep practice and learning efficiently.

This is very important, because it has major consequences for our everyday life. It means for example that when we stop exercising a mental skill the brain turns that space over to something else that we are instead actively practicing. Tony Robbins talks a lot about it.

Check for example Personal Power on changing habits. Aging declines happens in good part because the processing speed and the accuracy go down. The future is full of opportunities… But before any breakthroughs comes, you can simply exercise.

That plasticity and variety also means that our sexuality is not hardwired, but is altered by our psychology and experience. It could have been interesting when Norman Doidge says that sexual plasticity seem higher in those who have had many partners and in those couples who stayed together for a long time, but fails to dig deeper and provide any sort of proof.

Love Falling in love brings about huge changes in our brain. Especially when people commit to each other, they need to alter their existing lives as well, which is why for many love feels like a loss of identity.

The author says that we do not fall with looks alone but with a host of attributes, including the ability of that other person to make us feel good.

Once in love, highly pleasurable emotional states are triggered that can make us fall in love even with defects of our partners, which made me think of days of Summer. Contrary to dopamine that triggers sexual arousal and excites us, oxytocin makes calmer and warmer Sinek in Leaders Eat Last also talks about hormones. Oxytocin is released when falling in love and when preparing to parent so that people can unlearn previous selfish-ier behavior and make space for the new partner and new baby.

Unlearning and changing at such a deep state also helps explain why so many people who fall in love with manipulative persons often end up being puppets and takes them years to recover.

The Brain That Changes Itself

Especially important for sexual development are critical periods. Pornography Norman Doidge goes on a long tirade against pornography.

He says pornography is addictive for its dopamine release and has negative repercussions for couples. People who get hooked often require kinkier and kinkier stuff or more and more violent and cannot get horny anymore with their partner without fantasizing about pornographic scripts.

Sex, Violence and Overlapping Maps The author speaks at length about a patience he had. The patient had a childhood where violence was common and her mom also had sexual encounters with him. He ended up mixing sex with violence and the two maps for sex and violence overlapped with each other.Basically our base tendencies from our older, instinctual brain part, can be attached, thanks to neuroplasticity, to a host of different activities, including our more civilized, cognitive-cerebral ones.

He talks about a research from Pascual-Leone on people learning a new skills. As a property, it can be good, or used in good ways, or it can be negative or used for negative purposes.

Schwartz proposes that the patient, as soon as the worry comes up, tells himself that the problem is not whatever he is worried about, but the OCD episode. People training mentally on a skill were almost as good as people who actually trained physically for that skill.

He says that we see with our brains, not with our eyes. Is it possible to change your brain?

The idea makes sense because instead of firing the worry neural connection it grows a new brain connection.

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