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The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
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    “The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility. Mind-bending, miracle-making,
    reality-busting stuff...with implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human
    -The New York Times

    “Brilliant...Doidge has identified a tidal shift in basic science...The implications are monumental.”
    -The London Times

    “Fascinating. Doidge’s book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.”
    -Oliver Sacks, MD

    “Two years ago, when the journal Cerebrum at the Dana Foundation in the US updated its list of great books about the
    brain for the general reader, it found there were already 30,000 brain-related books in English. Aided by scientific
    advisers and readers, it produced a new list - with The Brain That Changes Itself at No. 1.”
    -The Melbourne Age

    “Lucid and absolutely fascinating. It satisfies in equal measure the mind and heart.”
    -The Chicago Tribune

    “Doidge turns everything we thought we knew about the brain upside down.”
    -Publisher’s Weekly

    “Brilliant...This book is a wonderful and engaging way or re-imagining what kind of creatures we are.”
    -Jeanette Winterson, novelist, Order of the British Empire, Guardian, Best Book of 2008

    “Superb. Brilliant. I devoured it.”
    -V.S. Ramachandran, MD, PHD, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, Univeristy of California, San Diego, Author
    of Phantoms of the Brain

    “Doidge... is a master ... at explaining science to the rest of us. Doidge is the best possible guide. You don’t have to
    be a brain surgeon to read it, just curious about your brain. Buy this book. Your brain will thank you.”
    -The Globe and Mail

    “Readers will want to read entire sections aloud and pass the book on to someone who can benefit from it. [Doidge] links
    scientific experimentation with personal triumph in a way that inspires awe”
    -Washington Post
    “Doidge tells one spell-binding story after another as he travels the globe interviewing the scientists and their
    subjects who are on the cutting edge of a new age. It may be hard to imagine that a book so rich in science can also be
    a page-turner, but this one is hard to set down.”
    -Jeff Zimman, Posit Science, e-newsletter

    “The most readable and best general treatment of this subject to date.”
    - Michael M. Merzenich, Ph.D., Keck Center for Integrative Neurosciences University of California at San Francisco

    “A riveting, essential book… These stories are most emotionally satisfying. Doidge addresses how cultural influences
    literally "shape" our brain. [And]….our response to the world around us is not only a social or psychological
    phenomenon, but often a lasting neurological process.”
    — Montreal Gazette, Liam Durcan, MD, Neurologist & Novelist

    “A hymn to life.”
    -Panorama Italy

    “The Brain That Changes without question the most important book of the year, and maybe the most important
    book we have ever read.”
    -Kiril Sokoloff, 13D Research Inc

    “This books is like discovering that the earth isn’t flat.”
    -Gretel Killeen, Sun Herald, “The Books That Changed Me”

    “A rich banquet of brain-mind plasticity, communicated in a brilliantly clear writing style.”
    -Jaak Panksepp, Ph.D., Head, Affective Neuroscience Research, Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics, Northwestern

    “A masterfully guided tour through the burgeoning field of neuroplasticity research.”
    - Discover Magazine

    “Norman Doidge has shown that what and how we think can change our brains. He has illuminated the foundations of
    psychological healing.”
    - Charles Hanly, Ph.D.President, International Psychoanalytical Association

    “Astonishing. This book will inevitably draw comparisons to the work of Oliver Sacks. Doidge has a prodigious gift for
    rendering the highly technical highly readable. It's hard to imagine a more exciting topic--or a better introduction to
    - Kitchener Waterloo Record

    “Perfect for fans of Oliver Sacks”
    -Quill & Quire

    “Beautifully written and brings life and clarity to a variety of neuropsychiatric problems that affect children and
    adults... It reads a bit like a science detective story and -you do not need a Ph.D. to benefit from the wisdom imparted
    - Barbara Milrod, M.D. Psychiatry, Weill Medical College, Cornell University, New York

    “A panoramic examination of plasticity's profound implications. “
    -Toronto Daily Star

    “An eloquently written book about the boundless potential of the human brain.
    - The Jewish Week

    “Norman Doidge has written a fascinating, highly readable account of the new brain science.”
    -John Cornwell, Literary Review, England

    “You really should read this book... this remarkable work will lead us to see ourselves in a new
    -Mail on Sunday, England

    “An 'essential primer’ for anyone who wants to better understand their own brains and the considerable advances in
    neuroscience of the past two decades.”
    -Melbourne Age

    “A book that everybody should read... it is nothing short of miraculous. Get it!”
    -Yoko Ono, Yoko Reads Book Recommendations

    “Fascinating … Doidge has accomplished a rare feat. He has written a book that accurately conveys cutting-edge
    scientific discoveries while simultaneously engaging both scientific and popular audiences.”

    “A remarkable book ... a highly readable exploration of a branch of science that has the potential to change all our
    -Hobart Mercury

    “Why isn't this book on the top of the bestseller list of all time? The recognition that the brain in plastic and can
    actually change itself with exercise and understanding is a huge leap in the history or mankind, far greater than
    landing on the moon.”
    - Jane S. Hall, International Psychoanalysis

    “Only a few decades ago, scientists considered the brain to be fixed or ‘hardwired’ and considered most forms of brain
    damage, therefore, to be incurable. Dr. Doidge, an eminent psychiatrist and researcher, was struck by how his patients’
    own transformations belied this and set out to explore the new science of neuroplasticity by interviewing both
    scientific pioneers in neuroscience, and patients who have benefited from neurorehabilitation. Here he describes in
    fascinating personal narratives how the brain, far from being fixed, has remarkable powers of changing its own structure
    and compensating for even the most challenging neurological conditions. Doidge’s book is a remarkable and hopeful
    portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.”
    - Oliver Sack, MD, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

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    About the Author

    Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and New York Times bestselling author. He is on the
    Research Faculty at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York, and on the
    faculty at the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry. He and his work have been profiled and cited in, among
    others, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post,
    Scientific American Mind, Melbourne Age, The Guardian, The Harvard Review of Psychiatry, Psychology Today, O The Oprah
    Magazine, and the National Review.

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