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

ISBN-10: 0345479890
ISBN-13: 9780345479891
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Authors: Sharon Begley
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/20/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

In this fascinating and far-reaching book, "Newsweek "science writer Sharon Begley reports on how cutting-edge science and the ancient wisdom of Buddhism have come together to reveal that, contrary to popular belief, we have the power to literally change our brains by changing our minds. Recent pioneering experiments in neuroplasticity-the ability of the brain to change in response to experience-reveal that the brain is capable of altering its structure and function, and even of generating new neurons, a power we retain well into old age. The brain can adapt, heal, renew itself after trauma, compensate for disabilities, rewire itself to overcome dyslexia, and break cycles of depression and OCD. And as scientists are learning from studies performed on Buddhist monks, it is not only the outside world that can change the brain, so can the mind and, in particular, focused attention through the classic Buddhist practice of mindfulness. With her gift for making science accessible, meaningful, and compelling, Sharon Begley illuminates a profound shift in our understanding of how the brain and the mind interact and takes us to the leading edge of a revolution in what it means to be human. "There are two great things about this book. One is that it shows us how nothing about our brains is set in stone. The other is that it is written by Sharon Begley, one of the best science writers around. Begley is superb at framing the latest facts within the larger context of the field. . . . This is a terrific book." -Robert M. Sapolsky, author of "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers" "Excellent . . . elegant and lucid prose . . . an open mind here will be rewarded." -"Discover "magazine "Astrong dose of hope along with a strong does of science and Buddhist thought." -"The San Diego Union-Tribune"

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
I Can We Change?: Challenging the Dogma of the Hardwired Brain
The Enchanted Loom: The Discovery of Neuroplaslicity
New Neurons for Old Brains: Neurogenesis
A Child Shall Lead Them: The Neuroplasticity of Young Brains
Footprints on the Brain: Sensory Experience Reshapes Adult Brains
Mind over Matter: Mental Activity Changes the Brain
Nature through Nurture: Turning On Genes in the Brain
Blaming Mom?: Rewired for Compassion
Transforming the Emotional Mind: Challenging the Happiness "Set Point"
Now What?
Appendix
Notes
Index

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