Books on Brains

Posted by Amanda Hehr

We recently came across a fabulous collection of book recommendations relating to neuroplasticity published in the Globe and Mail. Neuroplasicity, the ability of the brain to rewire itself, is the concept that inspired the development of the SurroGait Rx. Orpyx Founder and CEO, Dr. Breanne Everett wanted to discover a way to restore lost peripheral sensation in patients with neuropathy in order to help reduce the thousands of diabetes-related amputations performed each year. We are also hoping that the clinical trial outcomes will demonstrate that the device works to improve gait, mobility and balance in those with severe peripheral nerve damage. Interested in learning more about how the SurroGait Rx works? Click here to read the product specs and watch the demonstrative video.

Self Comes to Mind
Constructing the Conscious Brain, by António Damásio (2010)

One of the leading figures in the understanding of the brain tackles a perennial problem at the intersection of philosophy and neuroscience: How does the physical mass of synapses, ganglia and dendrites that is the human brain produce individual, subjective consciousness? The author of the award-winning Descartes' Error may not solve the quandary, but he inches closer, theorizing that consciousness results from the encounter between the self and the unconscious mind.

The Tell-Tale Brain
Unlocking the Mystery of Human Nature, by V.S. Ramachandran (2011)

A San Francisco brain-surgery patient begins to produce beautiful paintings after recovering. A 60-year-old has a stroke, and recovers but without the ability to recognize faces. V.S. Ramachandran, who heads the Center for the Brain at the University of California, San Diego, plays at being the detective of neuroscience, exploring cases where brain traumas led not only to dysfunction, but to unexpected gifts.

The Mind’s Eye
By Oliver Sacks, 2010

In fascinatingly weird case studies that engage like short stories, neurologist Oliver Sacks tells of people whose brain disorders illuminate the way our minds work. He includes his own struggle with his loss of stereopsis, or the ability to see in three dimensions, a personal touch that makes The Mind’s Eye powerful.

Proust Was a Neuroscientist
By Jonah Lehrer, 2007

Did 19th-century novelists, poets and painters have the intuition to anticipate scientific discoveries yet to occur? Popular science writer Lehrer’s latest title, Imagine: How Creativity Works, may be getting the lion’s share of attention now, but this book, published when he was just 25, contains his sharpest insights – such as his argument that author Marcel Proust predicted future scientific research into memory.

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