The Mind and the Brain : Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
The Mind and the Brain Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force Author:Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Sharon Begley In his work treating patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz made an extraordinary discovery: by focusing their attention away from negative behaviors and toward positive ones, his patients were able to make permanent changes to their own neural pathways. In The Mind and the Brain Schwartz explores this power -- ... more »the power of the mind to shape the brain. Through research and case studies, he demonstrates the brain's ability to be drastically rewired, not just in childhood but throughout life -- a paradigm-shifting discovery that could transform the treatment of every neurological dysfunction, from dyslexia to stroke. Schwartz's landmark book challenges the idea that we are merely biologically programmed automatons and proves that we have the power to shape our brains and, consequently, our destiny -- a revolutionary insight that continues to provoke debate among those who care about the future of man's role in the universe.« less
Dorothy K. (dottysue) reviewed The Mind and the Brain : Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force on
Helpful Score: 3
I thought this book was absolutely fascinating! Maybe it could have be a little more concise, but I think about the mind and brain very differently now than I did before I read it. And as someone who is learning to play the cello in my sixties, it gave me hope that I can keep getting better and better at this new skill. Furthermore, the author's discussion of quantum theory helped me understand it better than any physicist's explanation I've ever read.
I'm not totally convinced of all his conclusions, but it was well worth the time and effort.