The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories Of Pioneering Brain Transformation
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Many will recall Norman Doidge′s THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF was a runaway bestseller. Barbara Arrowsmith Young featured in chapter two of Norman′s book. Barbara was diagnosed in Grade One as having a "mental block". Some unkindly called her retarded. Today she would have been identified as having "multiple learning disabilities" - she read and wrote everything backwards, had trouble processing concepts in language, continuously got lost, and was physically uncoordinated. So what did she do? She went about building herself a better brain. Barbara had an excellent memory as well as an iron will, and through heroic effort, she taught herself to read and write from left to right and mask a number of the symptoms of her learning disabilities. But she continued throughout her educational career to have difficulty with specific aspects of learning, and was plagued by chronic doubt and a range of emotional problems. THE WOMAN WHO CHANGED HER BRAIN relives the incredible journey of discovery and innovation that led Barbara to overcome her own severe learning disabilities, introduces us to the stories of some of the people she has helped over three decades as a researcher and educator, and argues passionately for a paradigm shift in the way parents, educators and society understand and approach individual learning differences in childhood and beyond. In graduate school she came across two lines of research that intrigued her. First was the study of a Russian soldier who had been shot in the head in a battle against the Nazis in 1943; the parallels between his brain function and hers were harrowing, a revelation that led her first into depression, and ultimately to a clearer understanding of her own severe learning problems. Soon after, the work of another researcher with animals hinted at the possibility of improving brain function through specific stimulation. This led her to create a brain exercise designed to improve the learning
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