The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation

Book - 2012
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The incredible story and miraculous work of a remarkable woman. Though she began life severely learning disabled, built herself a better brain and a brain training program that has helped thousands of others do the same.

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was born with severe learning disabilities that caused teachers to label her slow, stubborn--or worse. As a child, she read and wrote everything backward, struggled to process concepts in language, continually got lost, and was physically uncoordinated. She could make no sense of an analogue clock. But by relying on her formidable memory and iron will, she made her way to graduate school, where she chanced upon research that inspired her to invent cognitive exercises to "fix" her own brain. The Woman Who Changed Her Brain interweaves her personal tale with riveting case histories from her more than thirty years of working with both children and adults.

Recent discoveries in neuroscience have conclusively demonstrated that, by engaging in certain mental tasks or activities, we actually change the structure of our brains--from the cells themselves to the connections between cells. The capability of nerve cells to change is known as neuroplasticity, and Arrowsmith-Young has been putting it into practice for decades. With great inventiveness, after combining two lines of research, Barbara developed unusual cognitive calisthenics that radically increased the functioning of her weakened brain areas to normal and, in some areas, even above-normal levels. She drew on her intellectual strengths to determine what types of drills were required to target the specific nature of her learning problems, and she managed to conquer her cognitive deficits. Starting in the late 1970s, she has continued to expand and refine these exercises, which have benefited thousands of individuals. Barbara founded Arrowsmith School in Toronto in 1980 and then the Arrowsmith Program to train teachers and to implement this highly effective methodology in schools all over North America. Her work is revealed as one of the first examples of neuroplasticity's extensive and practical application. The idea that self-improvement can happen in the brain has now caught fire.

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain powerfully and poignantly illustrates how the lives of children and adults struggling with learning disorders can be dramatically transformed. This remarkable book by a brilliant pathbreaker deepens our understanding of how the brain works and of the brain's profound impact on how we participate in the world. Our brains shape us, but this book offers clear and hopeful evidence of the corollary: we can shape our brains.
Publisher: New York City : Free Press, 2012.
Edition: First Free Press hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451607932
Branch Call Number: 362.3092 ARROW
Characteristics: xvii, 261 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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May 17, 2015

The kind of obstacles and challenges which Barbara faced and overcame is an inspiration and I am sure that her teaching platform would benefit others with challenges.
As for her book however it is a disappointment as it reads more like an informercial
of a long string of testimonials.

Feb 01, 2014

This is a very helpful book that helps people develop there minds by doing the same. Right now someone in my family is reading it... And she's finding it great ! I wish other people that will read it will be happy too. Special thanks to the athor for doing this book. I really like it.

Nov 07, 2013

Inspirational work of how many people, including the author, were able to overcome severe learning disabilities using techniques to train the brain now utilized in Arrowsmith schools.

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Feb 01, 2014

dadididimemomb thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99


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Feb 01, 2014

"Never give up, because it will happen"


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