Neue Gedanken - neues Gehirn: Die Wissenschaft der Neuroplastizität beweist, wie unser Bewusstsein das Gehirn verändert - Vorwort von Daniel Goleman

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Naturwissenschaft am Wendepunkt: Die Grundlagen der Gehirnphysiologie müssen neu definiert werden.

Lange Zeit hielt man das Gehirn des Menschen für unveränderlich – vergleichbar der Hardware eines Computers. Inzwischen sprechen viele wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse dagegen. Damit nähert sich die Wissenschaft des Nervensystems dem spirituellen Weltbild des Ostens, das davon ausgeht, dass der Geist die Materie beherrscht. Die Implikationen dessen, was Wissenschaftler heute als „Neuroplastizität“ bezeichnen, sind revolutionär. Die renommierte Wissenschaftsjournalistin Sharon Begley beschreibt hier die spannende Entwicklung der Neurowissenschaften, die durch Zusammenarbeit mit Meditationsmeistern herauszufinden versuchen, wie und in welchem Maße Gedanken und Emotionen unser Gehirn beeinflussen. Buddhistische Erfahrungen belegen: Wir können Depression in Freude verwandeln und Aggression in Mitgefühl. Das heißt: Wir sind nicht Opfer unserer Gene, sondern selbst verantwortlich für unser Denken und Fühlen.

• Eindrucksvolle Bestätigung buddhistischer Bewusstseins- und Meditationserfahrungen.
• Hervorragender Wissenschaftsjournalismus: Die atemberaubenden Konsequenzen der „Neuroplastizität“.

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Sharon Begley hat sich als Wissenschaftsjournalistin einen Namen gemacht. Sie war viele Jahre Wissenschaftsredakteurin, erst bei der Zeitschrift "Newsweek", später beim beim "Wall Street Journal".

Burkhard Hickisch ist Ernährungsexperte, Bestsellerautor und Musiker. Seit 2008 hat er maßgeblich zur Verbreitung des grünen Smoothies im deutschsprachigen Gebiet beigetragen. Zusammen mit dem Wiener Arzt Dr. med. Christian Guth hat er den Gesundheitsratgeber zu den grünen Smoothies verfasst, der 2012 bei GU erschien und die Ernährungsinnovation einem breitem Publikum bekannt macht. Als gefragter Ernährungsexperte hält er Vorträge und gibt Workshops zum Thema „Lebendige Nahrung und kraftvolle Lebensweise“.

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Arkana
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Published on
Jan 26, 2009
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Pages
512
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ISBN
9783641012670
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Language
German
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Body, Mind & Spirit / Spiritualism
Psychology / Applied Psychology
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Cutting-edge science and the ancient wisdom of Buddhism have come together to reveal that, contrary to popular belief, we have the power to literally change our brains by changing our minds.
 
Recent pioneering experiments in neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to change in response to experience—reveal that the brain is capable of altering its structure and function, and even of generating new neurons, a power we retain well into old age. The brain can adapt, heal, renew itself after trauma, compensate for disabilities, rewire itself to overcome dyslexia, and break cycles of depression and OCD. And as scientists are learning from studies performed on Buddhist monks, it is not only the outside world that can change the brain, so can the mind and, in particular, focused attention through the classic Buddhist practice of mindfulness.
 
With her gift for making science accessible, meaningful, and compelling, science writer Sharon Begley illuminates a profound shift in our understanding of how the brain and the mind interact and takes us to the leading edge of a revolution in what it means to be human.
 
Praise for Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain
 
“There are two great things about this book. One is that it shows us how nothing about our brains is set in stone. The other is that it is written by Sharon Begley, one of the best science writers around. Begley is superb at framing the latest facts within the larger context of the field. This is a terrific book.”—Robert M. Sapolsky, author of Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
 
“Excellent . . . elegant and lucid prose . . . an open mind here will be rewarded.”—Discover
 
“A strong dose of hope along with a strong does of science and Buddhist thought.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
A groundbreaking work of science that confirms, for the first time, the independent existence of the mind–and demonstrates the possibilities for human control over the workings of the brain.

Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley's groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite: that the mind has a life of its own.Dr Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain. Their work has its basis in our emerging understanding of adult neuroplasticity–the brain's ability to be rewired not just in childhood, but throughout life, a trait only recently established by neuroscientists.

Through decades of work treating patients with obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), Schwartz made an extraordinary finding: while following the therapy he developed, his patients were effecting significant and lasting changes in their own neural pathways. It was a scientific first: by actively focusing their attention away from negative behaviors and toward more positive ones, Schwartz's patients were using their minds to reshape their brains–and discovering a thrilling new dimension to the concept of neuroplasticity.

The Mind and the Brain follows Schwartz as he investigates this newly discovered power, which he calls self–directed neuroplasticity or, more simply, mental force. It describes his work with noted physicist Henry Stapp and connects the concept of 'mental force' with the ancient practice of mindfulness in Buddhist tradition. And it points to potential new applications that could transform the treatment of almost every variety of neurological dysfunction, from dyslexia to stroke–and could lead to new strategies to help us harness our mental powers. Yet as wondrous as these implications are, perhaps even more important is the philosophical dimension of Schwartz's work. For the existence of mental force offers convincing scientific evidence of human free will, and thus of man's inherent capacity for moral choice.

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