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Mind Sculpture: Your Brain's Untapped Potential [Paperback]

Ian Robertson
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2 Nov 2010

Listen. Can you hear an aircraft passing overhead? A dog barking? The twittering of birds? In straining to listen, you have just sent a surge of electrical activity through millions of brain cells. In choosing to do this with your mind, you have changed your brain - you have made brain cells fire, at the side of your head, above the right eye. By the time you've read this far, you will have changed your brain permanently. These words will leave a faint trace in the woven electricity of you. For 'you' exists in the trembling web of connected brain cells. This web is in flux, continually remoulded, sculpted by the restless energy of the world. That energy is transformed at your senses into the utterly unique weave of brain connections that is YOU.

New research has demonstrated the way in which the brain is shaped by experience and sculpted by our interactions with the world around us. As one of the world's leading authorities on brain rehabilitation, Ian Robertson is uniquely placed to explore these ground-breaking discoveries, that free us from the currently fashionable genetically determinist view. Mind Sculpture is a singularly accessible and imaginative book which communicates the excitement and challenge of the most recent research, its consequences for how we understand the brain and how we perceive ourselves.

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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (2 Nov 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0857500198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857500199
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A rich and imaginatively written look at how the brain works.

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What you do, feel and think physically changes your brain.
What you do and think physically changes your brain. You have the ability - literally - to remake yourself. As a human being, you are unique in the created world in being able to shrug off some of the biological shackles imposed by evolution. There is an awesome freedom for human minds. In Mind Sculpture , I describe a scientific revolution in our understanding of how the brain is moulded by experience right into old age. In so doing, I point to the untapped potential that exists in all human brains. Here are some key points from Mind Sculpture:

* Your brain is physically changed by what you do, see, feel and think

* You can become physically stronger from the comfort of your armchair by carrying out mental exercises in your imagination

* Such mental practice physically changes your brain

* Education physically moulds the brain, growing new connections between brain cells

* Education builds brain power - it's not all down to genes.

* The more education in your life that you have, the less likely you are to suffer from dementia in old age.

* Talking to babies builds their intelligence

* Teaching children to read properly physically changes their brains

* Severe fear and stress can cause brain cells to shrink or even die.

* Learning to play a musical instrument as a child enlarges the left side of your brain and improves your memory

* Keeping mentally active as you get older keeps your brain working better

* Love grows the brain

Ian Robertson Professor of Psychology Trinity College Dublin Ireland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Spike
The book that taught me 'What wires together fires together'. Since reading this I have read many 'mind' type books - this remains one of my favourite. Very well written and understandable. Recommended to anyone interested in the mind, from layman to would-be psychotherapist.
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I am eager to buy good PMA books - but there is such a lot to choose from on the bookshelves these days....and not all are good reading. This weekend I browsed the shelves of Stansted Airport's bookshop and noticed Mind Scultpture. Intrigued by the text on the rear cover, I bought it...and haven't put it down since. Mind Sculpture is a fascinating insight into what actually makes us tick. It explains things like why "what the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve" (Napolean Hill). I have a 7 month old baby boy, and Mind Sculpture gave me a new perspective on what's going to go on in this little guy's mind as he grows and learns. Fascinating book, especially if you want to understand the mechanics of our brains rather than the theory behind PMA.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mind Sculpture - another Ian Robertson book 25 Sep 2012
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I read this book on the back of Dr Robertson's much later book "The Winner Effect". Its clear that Mind Sculpture was written by a less experienced Dr Robertson - but it doesn't stop it being an interesting read. That said, by comparison to The Winner Effect, it is a bit laboured, and I felt that as the book went on, it became rather more padded with saying the same kind of thing in several different ways. The book should probably have been about three quarters of its size, in terms of pages.

That said, it is worth a read. For those who come to it from the Winner Effect (and I would recommend they be read in reverse order of publication), you will find it offers interesting thoughts, but it lacks the punch that The Winner Effect has, and as you get towards the end of the book, you'll probably being getting a little less enthusiastic about reading it. But you should persist. It is an interesting read. Dr Robertson's chatty style won't suit everyone, but worth seeing past that for the content.
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I feel that every home should have one and every one should read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Using your mind to practice your sport 7 July 2013
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I liked it because it explains how visualizing and fully participating with the mind repetition of certain actions necessary tor athletes to keep in shape and help them prepare their bodies for real events and challenges .
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