Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Learning more about my brain, and yours, too

Last week, I was asked to complete four posts on the brain related to children's learning.  Now, I have a rather deep interest in matters of the brain, so I happily began my research.

The first book I dragged off my shelf was "The Brain That Changes Itself.: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science" by Norman Doidge, M.D.  A neurologist recommended the book to me last year, and I've referred to it several times.  It is a fascinating journey into why humans act and react as they do.  Most of you probably learned along the way that the left brain performs specific logical, technical functions and the right brain is the base of emotion-related experiences.  This books goes far beyond that, in an interesting and logical manner, easily understood by the "common man."  You do not have to have a science degree to learn about your fascinating brain and why you learn and react as you do.

As the New York Times stated:  "The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility. . .Straddles the gap between science and self-help."

I am getting ready for my third reading of the book.  Each reading provides me with greater understanding of why I am the way I am, and gives me much greater insight into why others act/react the way they do.

I highly recommend this book.  It's actually a fun read, and you can take it a chapter at a time and not lose a thing.