Recommended Reading

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
By: Norman Doidge, MD

An astonishing new science called "neuroplasticity" is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they've transformed. From stroke patients learning to speak again to the remarkable case of a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, The Brain That Changes Itself will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.

Diabetes and You: A Comprehensive, Holistic Approach
By: Naheed Ali

Today, there are more than 23 million diabetics in the United States and with that number expected to rise drastically over the next decade the nation is faced with a health crisis of epidemic proportions. For those personally afflicted by this debilitating disease the everyday challenges can often seem overwhelming. In Diabetes and You, Dr. Naheed Ali offers both hope and empowerment to these sufferers and their families. Using the latest findings in clinical and physician studies, this book helps diabetics to successfully combat this disease and its symptoms on a number of fronts. Ali offers not only a hopeful perspective but also new and practical ways to confront and live with this condition.

Neuroplasticity and Rehabilitation
By: Sarah A. Raskin PhD

Brain plasticity is the focus of a growing body of research with significant implications for neurorehabilitation. This state-of-the-art volume explores ways in which brain-injured individuals may be helped not only to compensate for their loss of cognitive abilities, but also possibly to restore those abilities. Expert contributors examine the extent to which damaged cortical regions can actually recover and resume previous functions, as well as how intact regions are recruited to take on tasks once mediated by the damaged region. Evidence-based rehabilitation approaches are reviewed for a range of impairments and clinical populations, including both children and adults.

The Great Physician's Rx for Diabetes
By: Jordan Rubin

Bestselling author Jordan Rubin, with David Remedios, M.D., shows how to adopt the 7 Keys in The Great Physician's Rx for Health and Wellness to focus aggressively on diabetes and develop a game plan against it.

The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
By: Jeffrey M. Schwartz

A groundbreaking work of science that confirms, for the first time, the independent existence of the mind–and demonstrates the possibilities for human control over the workings of the brain.

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves
By: Sharon Begley

In this fascinating and far-reaching book, Newsweek science writer Sharon Begley reports on how cutting-edge science and the ancient wisdom of Buddhism have come together to reveal that, contrary to popular belief, we have the power to literally change our brains by changing our minds. Recent pioneering experiments in neuroplasticity–the ability of the brain to change in response to experience–reveal that the brain is capable of altering its structure and function, and even of generating new neurons, a power we retain well into old age. The brain can adapt, heal, renew itself after trauma, compensate for disabilities, rewire itself to overcome dyslexia, and break cycles of depression and OCD. And as scientists are learning from studies performed on Buddhist monks, it is not only the outside world that can change the brain, so can the mind and, in particular, focused attention through the classic Buddhist practice of mindfulness.

Cerebral Plasticity: New Perspectives
By: Leo M. Chalupa

The notion that neurons in the living brain can change in response to experience--a phenomenon known as "plasticity"--has become a major conceptual issue in neuroscience research as well as a practical focus for the fields of neural rehabilitation and neurodegenerative disease. Early work dealt with the plasticity of the developing brain and demonstrated the critical role played by sensory experience in normal development. Two broader themes have emerged in recent studies: the plasticity of the adult brain (one of the most rapidly developing areas of current research) and the search for the underlying mechanisms of plasticity--explanations for the cellular, molecular, and epigenetic factors controlling plasticity. Many scientists believe that achieving a fundamental understanding of what underlies neuronal plasticity could help us treat neurological disorders and even improve the learning capabilities of the human brain. This volume offers contributions from leaders in the field that cover all three approaches to the study of cerebral plasticity. Chapters treat normal development and the influences of environmental manipulations; cerebral plasticity in adulthood; and underlying mechanisms of plasticity. Other chapters deal with plastic changes in neurological conditions and with the enhancement of plasticity as a strategy for brain repair.

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.