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The Brain That Changes Itself : Stories Of Personal Triumph From The Frontiers Of Brain Science

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The book The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, written by Dr. Norman Doidge, provides different intimate experiences from people that received help through neuroplasticity exercises. Each story describes how the brain is able to readjust itself. Brain plasticity can physically modify the brain by uncovering rewarding and tragic experiences. Changes in the brain can also occur as we age. Throughout the reading I learned several knowledgeable facts I did not know before. Some being the transcription and template functions, and the effects memory and learning have on the transformation of the brain over time. Another was Jordan Grafman’s research on the four kinds of plasticity; map expansion, sensory reassignment, compensatory masquerade, and mirror region takeover. Modifications in the brain continue to happen right after birth. The interaction with the world helps form new brain systems and make neutral connections stronger. While the right hemisphere continues to grow, from birth till the second year, the functions of nonverbal cues, speech, tone, face recognition, facial expressions go through important phases. Babies tend to have a bigger right hemisphere till the second year of life. Since the left hemisphere would recently start to grow, the right side of our brain would dominate for the first three years. Therefore they are more emotional, and are not able to speak because that is a left brain
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