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The Brain That Changes Itself. Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. NORMAN DOIDGE, M.D.. For Eugene L. Goldberg, M.D. The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science is a book on neuroplasticity by psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D. Documents Similar To Brain That Changes Itself. The Brain That Changes Itself. (Norman Doidge). • Stages of learning are followed by periods of. consolidaDon. • The loss of drills such as rote memorizaDon.

For Eugene L. Goldberg, M. The Notes and References section at the end of the book includes comments on both the chapters and the appendices. Subscribe to view the full document. Preface This book is about the revolutionary discovery that the human brain can change itself, as told through the stories of the scientists, doctors, and patients who have together brought about these astonishing transformations. Without operations or medications, they have made use of the brain's hitherto unknown ability to change.

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. 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.

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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. Doidge was able to disassociate the two maps by pointing out the difference between the two every time they came up in conversation, helping him see the difference and that he was capable of untangling sex from violence. Sexual sadism is similar in that the two maps of sexual and aggressive are fused together.

Chapter 5: Stroke Victims Learn to Move and Speak Again For a long time it was believed that there was little that patients could do to recover after a stroke. Of course, given our brain plasticity, that was quite wrong. Norman Doidge introduces Thaub and his research with monkeys.

Basically monkeys who had had their arm deafferented -ie. They still had the other arm they could use. You don't get what you want - You get what you need Click To Tweet Thaub began treating people with strokes even long after they had stopped normal rehabilitation, and many showed large improvements even when their stroke happened more than 4 years before.

A few are -like the one for colors-, but many are generic, so that our motor skills or computational skills for example, can be taken care in whichever part of the brain. What happens from a neuroplasticity point of view is that a patient which indulges his worry by checking and re-checking that everything is OK only strengthen his fears and worries because he keeps firing those neurons over and over, making the neural connection more and more efficient.

Worry begets worry, says Doidge. The author talks about Schwartz and his research to cure OCD. 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. This will help him get some distance from his own brain chemical reactions.

The struggle is not to make the feeling go away, but not to give in. The next step is that the patient focuses instead on a new, pleasurable activity.

The idea makes sense because instead of firing the worry neural connection it grows a new brain connection. Because of the use or lose it principle, the more the patient does it the more the new connection gets stronger and the weaker and weaker the worry connection gets.

Because the patient should think about a pleasurable activity, he also gets rewarded with a dopamine release which helps growing the new neuronal connection even Seth Godin in Linchpin talks about how he overcame his little neurotic tendencies by refusing to double check and triple check the passport was in place and the key was in the pocket. To read more on Schwartz and his researches this is his website. As a property, it can be good, or used in good ways, or it can be negative or used for negative purposes.

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The author then introduces Ramachandran and the phenomenon of phantom limbs, such as patient who lose a limb but keep feeling the limb is still there. He talks about a research from Pascual-Leone on people learning a new skills. Brain scans of students during the whole week showed that on Friday the brain maps had a dramatic expansion, only to return to normal size on Monday. Friday maps continued to grow for six months, but always returned to normal on Monday.

Monday maps were the opposite instead: they only started changing after six months and then increased slowly and stopped growing at the ten months mark.

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The longer term Monday changes instead represent the new neural connection being formed. The two different speed also help understand a phenomenon we can all be familiar with: some people learn quicker and seem better at a new skill only to be overcome later on by those who stay at the skill longer and build longer term skills.

To learn long term we need to stay at a skill for longer I would link again here to Grit for more on the importance at staying at a skill and The Talent Code and Mastery on how to learn. The brain consists of operations for altering the nerve structure and giving commands to other parts of the body.

The whole functioning is one big mystery; one must be willing to learn and consequently grow to get the ropes of it.

The brain is a blessing in disguise because it can reorganize itself! If you are keen to know how; stay still: One common way is through a process called unmasking.

As a scientific jargon, it indicates or clarifies what a neural pathway is and what exactly happens after the first one is shut off. As soon as the secondary comes into existence, the process continues only with higher intensity and repetitiveness.

More fun facts on this one: All these issues only pinpoint how exceptional and tricky the human brain can be — and is. From time to time we forget a lot of things, our logical aspect can take a serious hit, or our math performance is not at the highest level.

The brain that changes itself : stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science

In either case, the brain has the final word!!! The ability to undergo drastic shifts 3. Later on, due to the successiveness, the process was repeated and practiced by many including a woman named Barbara Arrowsmith-Young used this revelation for personal goals.

Even though her methods were good, she lacked the expertise and knowledge on the topic. She was into a lot of stuff; Barbara prepared a plan that included both grammar and math. Although other elements like logic and cause-effect were present, she emphasized the first two.

The Brain That Changes Itself Summary

The ability to undergo drastic shifts Did you know that you can change the structure of your brain? This will subtly change the course of functioning, and simulate modification in other parts as well. For instance, both hypothalamus and amygdala fall in the same plastic category.

Like this summary? We are often haunted by important relationships from the past that influence us unconsciously in the present.