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Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2007

    Surprising science: new about neuroplasticity.

    For nearly a century, scientific dogma held that the brain is immutable, fixed by genes and early upbringing. Wall Street Journal science writer Sharon Begley recently visited the frontiers of neuroscience and returned with a news flash: The dogma is wrong. Researchers have discovered that the brain remains plastic, lifelong. This creates new frontiers: Stroke victims can rewire their brains using challenging exercises deaf people can repurpose dormant auditory cortexes for other tasks and blind people can begin to ¿see¿ patterns of Braille dots using a seemingly dead visual cortex. Suspecting that they were on to a general pattern, researchers soon looked for similar changes in ¿normal¿ brains. Working repetitively on your golf swing, playing the piano or learning a language, they found, also change your brain in lasting, important ways, as does practicing compassion toward others. Begley arrives with heavyweight friends: a foreword by the Dalai Lama and a preface by Daniel Goleman of Emotional Intelligence. If you want to understand how the brain keeps working, and how to make yours do more of what you want it to, we think you should start here. Your brain will thank you.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    Compelling and exciting!

    This book ties together disparate fields of study, Western neuroscience and Tibbetan Buddhism, to demostrate the power of the mind to overcome its 'wiring.' Begley's writing is understandable to one with neither a scientific nor a Buddhist backround. Now, however, I am anxious both to share this book with friends who treat the mentally ill and to learn to meditate to gain deeper awareness and compassion.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2007

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    Filled with interesting stories, quotes, and ideas about Buddhism and the evolution of the field of neuroscience, this book is truly a pleasure to read. My field of study as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins, the somatosensory areas of the brain that are responsible for our sense of touch, is described in some detail. Indeed, much of what we know about neural plasticity comes from studies of the somatosensory system, including the work of Merzenich, Sur, and others that is described in this book. I also think the reader comes away with the feeling that neuroscience and Buddhism are not mutually exclusive ways of understanding the brain and the mind, but are actually complementary. And, as Francis Collins has pointed out, science and spirtuality in general are not mutually exclusive.

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    Positive mind!

    This is one of the book can help any person . And the new science reveals our extraordinary potential to transform ourselves .

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