Monday, January 19, 2009

Book review: THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF

THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF
By Norman Doidge, MD


This book is good news. It explains how the brain changes and parts of it even grow till we die. It also talks about the “rewiring” of the brain. If a certain part of the brain is damaged other parts take on some “extra duties”, but it also makes it clear that if you don’t use it, it is quite simple: you lose it. The book explains how important it is to continue to learn new things in order to keep the brain in shape and also reduce the chances of Alzheimer’s and similar diseases. There are also ways to help kids that are learning-disabled and language-impaired.



The only complaint I would have is the fact that it recommends a computer program, that helps your brain stay in shape, which is of course excellent, but it is so expensive that I at least can not afford it. I wish there would be some or more advice on what to do to exercise your brain if you are not using a computer. The book is full of scientific facts but also stories of real people, which makes it fun and easy to read.

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