December 18, 2015

ABC Health update - Is brain plasticity the key to healing?

 

The brain has far more restorative capacity than neuroscientists used to give it credit for.

The now uncontroversial but still remarkable Dr Norman Doidge

 
is a Canadian psychiatrist and psychotherapist and his books The brain that changes itself and The brain's way of healing both tap into the growing interest in this type of therapy.
He spoke with Dr Norman Swan at the Sydney Writers' Festival.
The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

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Based on astonishing case studies, this is a brilliant and beautifully written follow-up to Dr Doidge’s record-breaking bestseller The Brain That Changes Itself.
In his first book, Norman Doidge described the most important development in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years: the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience - what we call neuroplasticity.
Now The Brain’s Way of Healing shows how this amazing discovery really works, significantly broadening the field from traumatic brain injury to all manner of diseases and conditions in which brain functioning is a factor - including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and dementia - and describes how patients have retrained their brains and learned to walk, speak, or hear, while others have reset the brain’s energy patterns and circuits to overcome or reduce chronic pain or alleviate anxiety, trauma, learning disorders, and many other impairing syndromes.
As he did so lucidly in The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge presents exciting, cutting-edge science with practical real-world applications, and illustrates how anyone can apply the principles of neuroplasticity to improve their brain’s performance.


Haven't got time to read the book listen to the CD in the car



The brain that changes itself
A new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the old notion that the human brain is immutable. Psychoanalyst Doidge traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they've transformed--people whose mental limitations or brain damage were seen as unalterable. We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, blind people who learn to see, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, stroke patients learning to speak, children with cerebral palsy learning to move with more grace, depression and anxiety disorders successfully treated, and lifelong character traits changed. Using these stories to probe mysteries of the body, emotion, love, sex, culture, and education, Dr. Doidge has written an inspiring book that will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.



Haven't got time to read the book "The brain that changes itself" watch the DVD, and catch the sequel "Changing your mind"
Brain that Changes Itself










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