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The Brain That Changes Itself

Posted on August 2, 2011

Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
by Norman Doidge, M.D.
Patrick Garnett, SMART Recovery® Volunteer Facilitator & Regional Coordinator (IL)


Brain ChangeIf you are new to recovery you have probably wondered, is it really possible to change? In “The Brain That Changes Itself,” we learn the answer is a resounding yes. Dr. Doidge, a Canadian psychiatrist and award-winning science writer, recounts the accomplishments of neuroscientists involved in neuroplasticity by sharing with us eleven examples demonstrating how the human brain is extremely malleable, well into old age.

Doidge highlights how our brain is a system of processors that process data from our senses and how these processing centers change and adapt based upon the data that enters. We learn how certain brain exercises can offer radical improvement in cognitive functioning in how we learn, think, perceive and remember, and that these improvements are even possible in the elderly.

Changing our behaviors, unlearning a response and learning a new behavior is very possible, Continue reading