My strongest subject in school: not science. Yet, my curiosity leads me to many different types of books, including ones about science. A friend recommended the book The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge. I’m not even halfway through the book, but I had to share. It’s fascinating.
The book talks about neuroplasticity, which is how the brain can adapt in many different circumstances. The author presents case studies to discuss brain remapping. The idea of the brain remapping didn’t strike me as odd. In fact, it gave me a label for what I felt like happens after each change in my vision. My brain worked overtime. I slept a lot during recovery from surgery and for quite some time afterward as I learned new skills. My body craved sleep.
As I became more familiar with new habits, it seemed like it took less energy to do them. It literally felt like I went through a learning curve where my brain was working to figure out new things for me and set those new things in my brain cells. The desire to sleep lessened as those new neuronal pathways strengthened.
The book could change how you understand your brain. I recommend you pick up The Brain That Changes Itself if you are interested in learning about the brain’s capabilities. Science can be fun even if you’re not setting off chemical volcanoes at the science fair.
Have you read The Brain That Changes Itself? Share your thoughts about it.