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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2007
Filled with interesting stories, quotes, and ideas about Buddhism and the evolution of the field of neuroscience, this book is truly a pleasure to read. My field of study as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins, the somatosensory areas of the brain that are responsible for our sense of touch, is described in some detail. Indeed, much of what we know about neural plasticity comes from studies of the somatosensory system, including the work of Merzenich, Sur, and others that is described in this book. I also think the reader comes away with the feeling that neuroscience and Buddhism are not mutually exclusive ways of understanding the brain and the mind, but are actually complementary. And, as Francis Collins has pointed out, science and spirtuality in general are not mutually exclusive. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2010
Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves This is smooth reading and an excellent summary of recent investigations into the neurology of the brain. This book gives a little more of the Buddhist side of the story without proselytizing. The book does not go into details of training the brain apart from the effects of extended meditation on the brain maps of buddhist monks.
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on April 3, 2015
Very good
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