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And immutable–that we are stuck with what we were born with As Begley shows however recent pioneering experiments in neuroplasticity a new science that investigates whether and how the brain can undergo wholesale change reveal that the brain is capable not only of altering its structure but also of generating new neurons even into old age The brain can adapt heal renew itself after trauma and compensate for disability Begley documents how this fundamental paradigm shift is transforming both our understanding of the human mind and our approach to deep seated emotional cognitive and behavioral problems These breakthroughs show that it is possible to reset our happiness meter regain the use of limbs disabled by stroke train the mind to break cycles of depression and OCD and revers This is a jumbled mess of a book There are plenty of positives Sharon Begley science journalist for Newsweek is an impeccable researcher as the 13 pages worth of works cited notes will affirm The overall message of the book is clear while adult minds are not as flexible as children's minds neuroplasticity is valid You can change your brain by focused and repeated attention on changing your thoughts Unfortunately this jewel of material is good for a three or four part newspaper column but not for a 250 page book Begley's starting point for the book was a 2004 Mind and Life conference with neurologists hosted by the Dalai Lama promoting harmony of Buddhist meditation practices and the health of the brain At times the book reads like a roving camera covering the meeting So much of the info is in uotes as explained to the Dalai Lama Sometimes the book speaks to the layman; other times the technical terms used would be best understood by those with a medical degree The target audience is unclear the narrative muddled the facts and experiments cited much than even freuently relates to the point of the book In the end there is not a lot of practical advice I am sure there must be better books that cover this subject Breakfast Book that investigates whether and how The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade the brain can undergo wholesale change reveal Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, that A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery the brain is capable not only of altering its structure but also of generating new neurons even into old age The brain can adapt heal renew itself after Card Concepts trauma and compensate for disability Begley documents how Schadenfreude this fundamental paradigm shift is Emotional Victory transforming both our understanding of Still Life with Woodpecker the human mind and our approach Bo Knows Bo to deep seated emotional cognitive and behavioral problems These breakthroughs show Gender and Food that it is possible Radio Silence to reset our happiness meter regain Finer Women the use of limbs disabled by stroke Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down train Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays the mind Crazy Horses Girlfriend to break cycles of depression and OCD and revers This is a jumbled mess of a book There are plenty of positives Sharon Begley science journalist for Newsweek is an impeccable researcher as Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium the 13 pages worth of works cited notes will affirm The overall message of Hannah Has Two Mommies the book is clear while adult minds are not as flexible as children's minds neuroplasticity is valid You can change your brain by focused and repeated attention on changing your Child Support thoughts Unfortunately 777 the Lost Blood this jewel of material is good for a Know My Name three or four part newspaper column but not for a 250 page book Begley's starting point for Abandoned Alice the book was a 2004 Mind and Life conference with neurologists hosted by Map My Heart the Dalai Lama promoting harmony of Buddhist meditation practices and Scandal the health of The Fashion Condition the brain At Embellish Me times The Snakehead the book reads like a roving camera covering Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light the meeting So much of The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, the info is in uotes as explained Truly Wilde to VEGAN ganz anders the Dalai Lama Sometimes Albert Reynolds the book speaks An Infamous Army (Alastair, to Score! 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Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves

Is it really possible to change the structure and function of the brain and in so doing alter how we think and feel? The answer is a resounding yes In late 2004 leading Western scientists joined the Dalai Lama at his home in Dharamsala India to address this very uestion–and in the process brought about a revolution in our understanding of the human mind In this fascinating and far reaching book Wall Street Journal science writer Sharon Begley reports on how cutting edge science and the ancient wisdom of Buddhism have come together to show how we all have the power to literally change our brains by changing our minds These findings hold exciting implications for personal transformationFor decades the conventional wisdom of neuroscience held that the hardware of the brain is fixed Yes another book with a great deal of information in it and all fascinating to me This is another that deals with neuroplasticity of the brain but the author comes from a Buddhist background so the whole discussion centers around the various meetings of the Mind and Life Institute where various scientists or scholars in the fields of neurology and neurogenics come together with the Dalai Lama and his associates to speak of how the latest scientific pursuits in the field of brain science may cross paths with Buddhist thought and especially mindfulness meditation Of course reading all the details may have made my brain hurt a little at times but hey That just means its circuitry was undergoing even neurogenesis hahaand it took awhile to wade through some of the jargon at times Still what a fascinating and exciting blend of psychologicalphysiologicalspiritual thought is contained here Our brains can adapt compensate for genetic disability or heal after trauma The excerpts that speak of overcoming OCD and depression are also really interesting It was fun to have the author refer to the work of another favorite author of mine Jon Kabat Zinn and briefly mention his mindfulness workshops at the University of Massachusetts Makes me want to get out my his mindfulness meditation CDs again Truly interesting stuff

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E age related changes in the brain They also suggest that it is possible to teach and learn compassion a key step in the Dalai Lama’s uest for a peaceful world But as we learn from studies performed on Buddhist monks an important component in changing the brain is to tap the power of mind and in particular focused attention This is the classic Buddhist practice of mindfulness a techniue that has become popular in the West and that is immediately available to everyone With her extraordinary 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 This tremendously hopeful book takes us to the leading edge of a revolution in what it means to be human From the Hardcover editio I found this book a great intro to neuroplasticity I read The Mind and the Brain first so I was already familiar with some of the experiments and the concept but the two books make for excellent companions I can understand how some are turned off by the self help style title and how the content is different than this but for me the book was inspirational on another level than some trite self help book I've seen a book out there that fits this bill but nowhere on its jacket does it mention the word neuroplasticity which is not such a difficult word to define simply The commenter who finds this book an affront to science should have actually read the book because the scientists themselves are uoted therein and many play central roles in describing their work during the Mind and Life conference Begley covered I am glad to see writers like Begley doing this because there are too few writers out there who describe what this science means well Personally I found this book's ideas to be a good foundation for the notion of personal resposibility following the golden rule and showing that experience aka culture and society do in fact impact us on a fundamental level


10 thoughts on “Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves

  1. says:

    The content about neuroplasticity and the effects of meditation on the brain is very interesting But this book is written in an irritating pop style that under explains the science and boils everything down to Scientist A was talking to Scientist B and then he had an idea that would change everything Extremely skimmable and if you'd never read about these ideas before maybe a good intro But I've read better books on the subject And her lengthy discussions of horrific animal experiments is a bit much for me to stomach


  2. says:

    Yes another book with a great deal of information in it and all fascinating to me This is another that deals with neuroplasticity of the brain but the author comes from a Buddhist background so the whole discussion centers around the various meetings of the Mind and Life Institute where various scientists or scholars in the fields of neurology and neurogenics come together with the Dalai Lama and his associates to speak of how the latest scientific pursuits in the field of brain science may cross paths with Buddhist thought and especially mindfulness meditation Of course reading all the details may have made my brain hurt a little at times but hey That just means its circuitry was undergoing even neurogenesis hahaand it took awhile to wade through some of the jargon at times Still what a fascinating and exciting blend of psychologicalphysiologicalspiritual thought is contained here Our brains can adapt compensate for genetic disability or heal after trauma The excerpts that speak of overcoming OCD and depression are also really interesting It was fun to have the author refer to the work of another favorite author of mine Jon Kabat Zinn and briefly mention his mindfulness workshops at the University of Massachusetts Makes me want to get out my his mindfulness meditation CDs again Truly interesting stuff


  3. says:

    A book about neuroplasticity and the way scientists discovered the level of neuroplasticity within the human brain and the continuing development of synapses and brain growth throughout a human's life It's as much about the careful progress of scientific method as about its subject matter it's not enough to know something In science you have to take all the intermediate steps to show the strong chain of your objective research So it was slow but thorough thorough thorough And I skimmed because they had me at yes Fascinating and changed my understanding of the mind something I care very much about


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    This is a jumbled mess of a book There are plenty of positives Sharon Begley science journalist for Newsweek is an impeccable researcher as the 13 pages worth of works cited notes will affirm The overall message of the book is clear while adult minds are not as flexible as children's minds neuroplasticity is valid You can change your brain by focused and repeated attention on changing your thoughts Unfortunately this jewel of material is good for a three or four part newspaper column but not for a 250 page book Begley's starting point for the book was a 2004 Mind and Life conference with neurologists hosted by the Dalai Lama promoting harmony of Buddhist meditation practices and the health of the brain At times the book reads like a roving camera covering the meeting So much of the info is in uotes as explained to the Dalai Lama Sometimes the book speaks to the layman; other times the technical terms used would be best understood by those with a medical degree The target audience is unclear the narrative muddled the facts and experiments cited much than even freuently relates to the point of the book In the end there is not a lot of practical advice I am sure there must be better books that cover this subject


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    This is a pretty interesting book about the research on brain plasticity by the science journalist Sharon Begley It focuses on a number of recent studies suggesting that the physical structure of the brain can change in response to experiences sensory and cognitive practices Perhaps the most radical of these are Richard Davidson's investigations into the effects of meditation on the brains of Buddhist monks Other researchers show that cognitive therapy combined with meditation can effectively treat OCD and depression by reshaping neural pathways As a humanist with little background in cognitive research I find the idea that our mental patterns correspond to physiological structures both intriguing and disturbing Even those of us who identify as “materialists” would like to imagine the mind as a realm of autonomy and freedom Some unenlightened others might fall prey to the distortions of ideology but even they can wipe the slate clean and set themselves on the right path by reading a book or enrolling in a philosophy course The notion that thoughts reside in a physiological structure poses a challenge to this reasoning Yet at least to some extent the findings of this book confirm what some 20th century theorists of subject formation claim that we are deeply informed by our social environment and our everyday practices and that true change takes hard work and the transformation of these daily practices As Begely writes the science of brain plasticity and cognitive science in general is still in its infancy What the scientist can learn about the brain using MRI and other technology falls far short of what the humanities and social sciences were able to learn over millenia by observing and analyzing human thought and behavior The discovery of brain plasticity is significant because it does allow for a meaningful dialogue between the humanities and cognitive sciences one that goes beyond mutual affirmation or criticism of the “discourse” of science Each area of inuiry can pose a number of vital uestions for its counterpart and each would do well to take these uestions seriously In this book the humanities are represented rather one sidedly by Buddhist teachings and the Dalai Lama who also contributed a forward to the book The Mind and Life conference in Dharamsala where the exchanges between the scientists and the Dalai take place is Begley's focal point and she describes it in vivid detail The Dalai is a pioneer among Buddhist leaders in encouraging a dialogue with science and it is his approbation that made Davidson's research on the impact of compassion meditation possible The Dalai believes that because science is so dominant in our times a collaboration with it will help spread the message of Buddhism As fascinating as this unlikely rapprochement is I would advise Buddhists and those who share their desire for a peaceful world to approach the research on brain plasticity with caution The most radical claim that Begley attributes to cognitive research is that “human nature” is not set but malleable especially in respect to negative or violent emotions such as anger selfishness suspicion of difference which fuel conflict This claim is a bit of a stretch given that the research only suggests that it might be true yet it is central to the arc of the book because it overlaps with a certain interpretation of Buddhism The strongest evidence for the plasticity of such ualities as compassion and generosity is provided by Davidson's study of Buddhist monks whose brains seem to have become structurally compassionate The weaker evidence is provided by experiments in which individuals who have been unconsciously “primed” by words associated with love and care and who have subseuently acted in a altruistic manner Both studies are interesting and potentially significant but it would be wise not to overestimate them After all this is something that most of us already know those who are treated with care and compassion are likely to act compassionately And perhaps in some circumstances our minds can create those initial conditions of compassion as in meditation or verbal priming What is problematic here is the claim that those practices in themselves can lead to peace and “happiness” as it is conceived in the West The book's most significant insight as suggested by the title of the earlier edition is that the mind can change—and repair—the brain This counters the conceptualization of the brain as genetically predetermined and governed by mysterious chemical processes which no one can really understand but which can somehow be managed by costly pharmaceuticals What the Buddha had intuited about the mind's ability to effectively manage thoughts and emotions through meditation cognitive science now seems to confirm Yet suggesting that science and Buddhist philosophy effectively state the same thing is misleading I don't know the tradition well enough to speak for it but I know that most Buddhist monks are reuired to work in the community and that they are only permitted to beg for today's lunch and not tomorrow's It is a deeply anti materialistic culture and I imagine that “happiness” has a rather different meaning for a Buddhist than for a Westerner It is also uite evident that regardless of whether some part of our selfishness and greed is inborn and Buddhism seems to recognize that it is we live in a society that encourages those mental attitudes and it encourages them all the in those who do not have access to all the goods by which our lives are measured While I think that meditation can be a positive practice regardless of the context it is also important to remember the social or philosophical values that are traditionally associated with it My own view is that in our highly atomized society the individual practice is not enough If we really want to bring about change then we also have to work to transform social structures that affirm and reward the mental attitudes that Buddhism classifies as “afflictive”


  6. says:

    So far this is the best book I've read about the brain It describes various experiments on neuroplasticity and the general function of the brain and brainwaves and the results of the experiments Remember how we've all been told that once brain cells die they don't regenerate? That's wrong They totally DO regenerate even in people in their 80sAnd although many brain inefficiencies such as depression ADD anxiety OCD etc are largely influenced by genetics certain people are born predisposed to these afflictions people do NOT have to live out their lives bound by these things or beholden to medication to mitigate the symptoms Their brains can be RETRAINED to function normally This is an amazing message and generally counter to what most medical doctors promote Because most medical doctors went to school before all this was known and they've not kept up with the scienceNot that an inefficient brain can be changed uickly or easily they compare it to an athlete If someone wants to get really good at a sport they're not going to get there practicing only 45 minutes once a week So it is with brain conditioning You're not going to undo a lifetime to ingrained patterns by going to therapy once a week or it will take a very long time to see the change at this rate in any event But if you practice daily and really make an effort over time you will see resultsI recommend this book to everyone not just people who have diagnosed mental issues Because the book also discusses ways that even highly functioning people can improve their minds to ever optimal conditions This is all really fascinating and the book is well written easy to read and without jargon


  7. says:

    Begley spends 250 pages explaining what I assumed was common knowledge that adult neuroplasticity exists She does a good job explaining the history of scientific inuiry into the concept of adult neuroplasticity However this explanation is targeted to those who do not have significant scientific background Second her emphasis is on history The majority of the book focuses on the progression of Western scientific understanding of neuroplasticity through years of research The preface of the book implies that it highlights the western scientific investigation into the physical changes Buddhist meditation has on the brain but this is barely emphasized and definitely not explained The last chapter or two touches on this subject and perhaps modern science does not have significant conclusions about it but it would benefit the reader if of the content centered around this materialOverall not a great use of time TL;DR There is adult neuroplasticity and conscious thought can reshape neuronal pathways


  8. says:

    This author shares the history and background on neuroplasitcity the ability of the brain to generate new neurons and new connections It starts with a lot of research that has been done over the last century and ends up with what the Dalai Lama has done with science to study how meditation changes the brainMeditation can help us reduce stress overcome obsessive compulsion and some physical conditionsIt is very well written and a must read for those who want to make real change in themselves


  9. says:

    I found this book a great intro to neuroplasticity I read The Mind and the Brain first so I was already familiar with some of the experiments and the concept but the two books make for excellent companions I can understand how some are turned off by the self help style title and how the content is different than this but for me the book was inspirational on another level than some trite self help book I've seen a book out there that fits this bill but nowhere on its jacket does it mention the word neuroplasticity which is not such a difficult word to define simply The commenter who finds this book an affront to science should have actually read the book because the scientists themselves are uoted therein and many play central roles in describing their work during the Mind and Life conference Begley covered I am glad to see writers like Begley doing this because there are too few writers out there who describe what this science means well Personally I found this book's ideas to be a good foundation for the notion of personal resposibility following the golden rule and showing that experience aka culture and society do in fact impact us on a fundamental level


  10. says:

    Having recently finished The Universe in a Single Atom I was uite interested in reading Train Your Mind Change Your Brain It was an excellent companion piece to another book I'm currently reading on neuroplasticity The Brain That Changes Itself Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science Many of the case studies presented in The Brain appear in Train Your Mind and it was intriguing to see the impact that these cases have had on research in the field of neuroscienceThe information presented was engaging though a bit scattered However it was worth being bounced around a bit for the message of hope that the book provides With our deepening understanding of neuroplasticity there is renewed hope for all people from the stroke victim to the addict to the regular person who wants increase their base line happiness The solutions may not be easily attainable but they're not out of reach Science is proving what Tibetan Buddhism has known for years The adult brain CAN and DOES change


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