Myomo Book Review: The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, M
As a psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. Doidge helps the reader to understand the nascent years of neuroplasticity to its current belief with notable scientists and their radical discoveries along the way. He elaborates on the discovery that the brain is not hard-wired as it once was believed but is malleable and changeable showing remarkable improvements for people with neurological or psychological deficits.
Each chapter lays out the transformations of patients and the research behind how the brain is able to change within various deficits or injuries such as stroke, amputation, mental retardation, learning disorders, and other psychological disorders like addictions, obsessions and compulsions.
Overall, the book depicts a good understanding of scientific knowledge as well as practical implications that our brain is plastic and changeable and that improvements are possible without the demise of plateau.
Cindy Lee, OTR/L
Clinical Support Specialist