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Exercise your Brain - Dr Norman Doidge

Jog your brain and you'll reap the benefits. The brain is a living organ capable of changing its own form and structure even after injury and into old age. These new theories of brain health and science are explored by international best-selling author and psychiatrist Dr Norman Doidge. It gives hope for the aged, for those with dementia, for stroke victims, sufferers of cerebral palsy and for the blind.

Dr Doidge champions the new wave of scientific thinking on brain function known as neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to change. In his popular new book "The Brain that Changes Itself" he looks at work done by leading scientists and the people they are working with in this new area of brain science. He looks at the brain and explores ways to slow the ageing process and shows that by exercising the brain you will increase your brain fitness. "The concept of 'neuroplasticity' brings new hope for those suffering the effects of reduced brain function due to ageing or medical conditions such as a stroke.

In his book The Brain That Changes Itself psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Dr Norman Doidge, travelled around the US to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they’ve transformed – people whose mental limitations or brain damage were seen as unalterable. A book to alter the way we look at our brains, human nature and human potential. The brain can change it’s structure and the way it works and its more like a plant than a machine. Dr Norman Doidge travelled around the United States meeting not only scientists but their patients, whose lives have been literally transformed by their re-wired brain.

We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, blind people who learn to see, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, stroke patients learning to speak, children with cerebral palsy learning to move with more grace, depression and anxiety disorders successfully treated, and lifelong character traits changed. Using these marvelous stories to probe mysteries of the body, emotion, love, sex, culture, and education, Dr. Doidge has written an immensely moving, inspiring book that will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.