Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves (Paperback)

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    Sharon Begley, science columnist for The Wall Street Journal, inaugurated the paper’s “Science Journal” in 2002. She was previously the senior science writer at Newsweek, covering neuroscience, genetics, physics, astronomy, and anthropology. The co-author of The Mind and the Brain, she has won many awards for her articles She is a frequent guest on radio and television, including The Charlie Rose Show, Today Weekend, CBS’s The Early Show, and Imus in the Morning. She lives in New Jersey.


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    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.

    With her gift for making science accessible, meaningful, and compelling, Sharon Begley illuminates a profound shift in our understanding of how the brain and the mind interact and takes us to the leading edge of a revolution in what it means to be human.

    “There are two great things about this book. One is that it shows us how nothing about our brains is set in stone. The other is that it is written by Sharon Begley, one of the best science writers around. Begley is superb at framing the latest facts within the larger context of the field. . . . This is a terrific book.”
    –Robert M. Sapolsky, author of Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

    “Excellent . . . elegant and lucid prose . . . an open mind here will be rewarded.”
    –Discover magazine

    “A strong dose of hope along with a strong does of science and Buddhist thought.”
    –The San Diego Union-Tribune

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    ISBN 9780345479891
    Genre PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology
    Format Paperback
    Pages 283
    Publisher Date 2007-11-20 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Ballantine Books
    Copyright Year 2007
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.5 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience Professional and scholarly
    Authors Begley, Sharon
    Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0
    Country of Origin United States

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      This is a terrific book that presents hard science and makes a clear and compelling case for how meditation and training the brain to focus its attention can make quantifiable changes in the brain and brain chemistry. It is easy reading that takes the time to tell the long story of how the understanding of the brain and what it can do has changed. Conventional wisdom was that the brain can't change for adults, but a series of experiments have proven that brain plasticity is a reality for adults - and important for overall health. The author brings her own credibility as the science editor for The Wall Street Journal to bear on this subject. The book also tracks the course of a series of discussions over time that scientists have had with the Dali Lama to explore the real-world benefits of meditation and the possibilities of real change. The Dali Lama's curiosity and interest in science was as critical to this exploration as was the scientists desire to quantify what actually happens, how it happens and how long any changes may last when the brain's miraculous neuro network is engaged.

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