The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

Author: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451607954

Category: Science

Page: 288

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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.

The Woman who Changed Her Brain

Author: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448129613

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 304

View: 6844


Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was born with severe learning disabilities that caused teachers to label her as slow, stubborn - or worse. As a child, she read and wrote everything backwards, was physically uncoordinated and she continually got lost. 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, which we now now as neuroplasticity. The Woman Who Changed Her Brain interweaves Barbara's personal story with riveting case histories from over thirty years of working with both children and adults at what became the Arrowsmith School in Toronto. This remarkable book by a brilliant pioneer deepens our understanding of how the brain works. Our brains may shape us, but this book offers clear and hopeful evidence of the corollary: that we can shape our brains. Foreword by Norman Doidge, M. D., author of The Brain that Changes Itself

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

Author: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451607946

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 4

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The founder of the Arrowsmith Program shares how she overcame severe learning disabilities by developing brain exercises to combat neurological challenges, discussing what her achievements reveal about the potential for shaping the human brain.

Woman Who Changed Her Brain (New Edition)

Author: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781460757406

Category:

Page: 368

View: 7226


The incredible story of a woman who struggled with severe learning disabilities, built herself a better brain, and started a program using the principles of neuroplasticity that has helped thousands of others. Includes a foreword by Norman Doidge. Updated edition includes a new chapter that examines the latest research demonstrating the positive impact of cognitive exercises on people's brains, and investigates the many ways that neuroplasticity and education are now converging. Also includes sixteen new case studies showing the real-life impacts of the Arrowsmith Program. Appendix includes an updated list of schools in Australia and New Zealand that have embraced the Arrowsmith Program.

How (not) to train the brain

Author: Amir Raz,Sheida Rabipour

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192506803

Category: Psychology

Page: 200

View: 6007


Brain training is all the rage. Commercial and clinical initiatives capitalize on trailblazing interdisciplinary research that spans domains such as education, psychological and brain science, cognitive remediation, and mental health. Promotional materials boast that we can learn to think and respond faster, focus better, and control our emotions; companies and authors market techniques to boost memory, increase confidence, and overcome cognitive impairments. 'How (not) to Train the Brain' examines the field of cognitive fitness and scrutinizes the scientific evidence in support of brain training techniques. With the potential to affect millions this topic is important for scientists, practitioners, educators, and the general public. While many a consumer often marvels at this highly commercialized field, discerning fact from fad becomes a challenge given the abundance of products, publications, and contexts. Moreover, available products prey on the naivety of individuals unfamiliar with the nuanced field of neuroscience, advertising programs that lack scientific validation or presenting unfounded arguments. In this book, the authors review data from hundreds of articles and provide an overarching account of the field, separating scientific evidence from publicity myth and guiding readers through how they should - and should not - train the brain. They describe existing techniques, including those rooted in scientific research, and survey methods that purport to yield measurable improvements. Intended for a wide audience, this book taps a timely topic by highlighting the most salient approaches to boosting brain function while identifying those that don't seem to work.

Leonie Locke

Author: Laura Jean Libbey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 300

View: 732


The Christmas Baby Surprise (Mills & Boon Cherish)

Author: Shirley Jump

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 147200535X

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 5856


With an aching heart, Emily Watson knows her marriage is in trouble, but one last night with Cole changes their lives forever.