9 May 2015

Norman Doidge: Neuroplasticity

From This Way Up, 12:30 pm on 9 May 2015

Norman DoidgeNorman Doidge is a Canadian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who challenges the traditional Western medical doctrine that the brain is a machine made up of a fixed number of brain cells all with very specific functions.

In his book The Brain's Way of Healing (Scribe) he argues that the brain is neuroplastic; capable of significant self repair and healing. He has stories of people that have achieved this by changing their behaviour. As a result he claims they've rewired their brains and even overcome conditions like stroke, Parkinson's disease, autism and blindness.