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Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life Paperback – July 27, 2013
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The Irish neuroscientist Ian Robertson has described Merzenich as "the world's leading researcher on brain plasticity." (From Doidge's book, p 45)
In addition to Dr. Merzenich pioneering brain plasticity, often in opposition to his peers and against mainstream conventional wisdom, his work extends beyond the lab into practice and application. He has founded several companies that are treating patients who have been resistant to conventional treatment. These are individuals with developmental problems such as language and speech problems and autism. His work also exposes the inadequacy of much conventional treatment.
I am a layperson.
I have been on an odyssey of seeking answers to our adult son's treatment-resistant major bi-polar depression - going on for over three years. He lives with my wife and I and is no longer able to work. He was a high functioning successful professional. He has and continues to run the gamut of every main stream conventional treatment. He has also tried a new treatment still in the research phase of development. This new treatment is based on the relatively recent discoveries in neuroscience about the role of glial cells.
Dr. Merzenich has breathed new hope into our quest for restoring our son's mental health - and beyond merely bringing him out of his depression.
However, the scope Dr. Merzenich's book is much broader than this. It goes beyond the scope of depression. He shows how age related mental decline and disease such as alheizemers are not inevitably determined by fate.Read more ›
Most importantly - Merzenich prescribes concrete, actionable advice for how we can all change our brains, and our lives, at any age. Truly groundbreaking research from a compelling writer. I recommend it!
I was interested in this book as a means to learn more about rewiring the brain after chemical injury. But reading Dr. Merzenich's comprehensive history of brain plasticity and how he helped pioneer this field, I learned how it can be applied by everyone and anyone to help them recover from health issues of most any kind, and to slow the effects of aging... to make us all stronger, more capable, competent and even more intelligent.
"Plasticity is all about getting the most out of each brain, for the potential betterment of each human life, at any time throughout that life," writes Dr. Merzenich.
I wish my mother had tried BrainHQ exercises before she succumbed to most of the symptoms we all associate with an aging person -- poor memory, difficulty understanding conversations when people speak quickly or there's a lot of background noise, trouble falling asleep at night and then waking up during the day, slow reactions (she recently hit a tree with her car, unable to move her foot off the gas pedal quickly enough). You may laugh, but I'm smiling, because Dr. Merzenich says it's never too late to rewire your brain, and I'm going to make sure both she and I put in time every day doing the necessary exercises to make our brains more alert, more focused, more fit.
I've already shared the simple suggestions that Dr.Read more ›
Soft-Wired is an excellent book supported by decades of rigorous scientific testing and testimonials of people who have greatly benefited from the brain exercises available in the PositScience website. I have been using the PositScience exercises for 3 months and notice marked improvements in listening ability, short term memory, sharper reactions etc. This book accompanies the exercises perfectly in that you get to fully understand how they 'soft-wire your brain to develop your full potential. The book is very well written and easy for a non-scientific mind to follow.
If you have ever witnessed the effects of declining brain function in those close to you, Dr Merzenich's book will be an inspiration to explore this exciting new science and enjoy the later years with a youthful brain.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written with many thought provoking cases to motivate for brain fitness.
The juiciest part is in the end I would say.
This is like the best murder mystery ever! Suspense buillds and builds as more insults to the brain both internally and externally are revealed. Who has taken the first shot? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jo
It needs patience but if you recognise any of the problems which are outlined you will find the time. For sure!Published 2 months ago by Brian McLoughlin
If you want to stay sharp, healthy, and quick-witted for a lifetime, or get there again, then you need this book. I recently interviewed Dr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Sandler Inspire Nation Host
Eye opening and excellent book. However, the pages are falling apart, which I think the problem has to do with the publisher and not with the author.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very poor book from a very bright man. I have heard Michael Merzenich interviewed several times and learned a great deal. The interviews were very informative. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jimmy Pryor
Love this inspiring book. The beginning of endless possibilities,
that we are the function of our brains and the road map to a
hopeful,renewable and optimal life.
Great indepth introduction to what neuroscience has to offer with practical advicePublished 8 months ago by Glenn