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Sunday, May 9, from 4-6pm at Barnes and Noble in Knoxville.

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

Author: Norman Doidge


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Aleta Ledendecker will be presenting the "The Brain that Changes Itself" at our book club on Sunday. Its theme is that even an adult brain has enough plasticity to ovecome severe problems. You are welcome to come to the meeting whether or not you have had time to read the book. There is a short description of the book in the paragraph below and you can also read The New York Times review at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/29/health/29book.html?_r=1

The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge

For years the doctrine of neuroscientists has been that the brain is a machine: break a part and you lose that function permanently. But more and more evidence is turning up to show that the brain can rewire itself, even in the face of catastrophic trauma: . . . Scientists have taught . . . a stroke victim to recover the ability to walk although 97% of the nerves from the cerebral cortex to the spine were destroyed. Doidge writes interestingly and engagingly about some of the least understood marvels of the brain. To benefit from a concept, one must first grasp it, and that is what makes The Brain That Changes Itself such a terrific book. You don't have to be a brain surgeon to read it -- just a person with a curious mind. Doidge is the best possible guide. He has a fluent and unassuming style, and is able to explain difficult concepts without talking down to his readers. Norman Doidge is a psychiatrist who divides his time between Columbia University and the University of Toronto.

- Joan Omarzu





Posted by dbuck
May 03, 2010