Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 48, Issue 2, pp 259–262 | Cite as

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves. By Sharon Begley. 283 pp. Balantine Books, New York, 2008. $14.95

  • Jeffrey H. Boyd
Book Review

We have been taught that much of the brain is hardwired to perform specific tasks. The visual cortex, for example, occupies one-third of the brain and is located at the back of our head. According to this traditional view, we would never expect that the “visual cortex” could process sound or language. However, the science of neuroplasticity demonstrates that this hardwired picture is wrong. The so-called visual cortex is able to process sound and language, but only if it is challenged (Begley 2008, pp. 5–11, 73–109).

We always knew that some rearrangement of brain function was possible in infancy, because if surgeons remove the dominant hemisphere of an infant’s brain (as the only possible cure for cancer or epilepsy), the infant usually develops normally, and reassigns language to the other hemisphere (Begley 2008, p. 76). What is new about the science of neuroplasticity is that the possibility of radical reorganization of the cerebral cortex has now been shown to persist into old...


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© Blanton-Peale Institute 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Waterbury HospitalWaterburyUSA
  2. 2.BethanyUSA

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