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Norman Doidge, the author of “The Brain That Changes Itself”, will offert a free online seminar titled The Neuroplasticity Revolution and Its Implications for Health Practitioners. Topics he will cover:
* The Brain as We Now Know It
* Neuroplastic Approaches to Learning Disorders
* Advances in the Treatment of Stroke
* The Paradox of Plasticity
* How to Train the Brain to Stop Anxiety and Mental Obsessions

For more information, and for free registration, please visit: http://www.nicabm.com/thebrain2011/basic/ and http://www.nicabm.com/thebrain2011/

Norman Doidge MD is a Canadian-born psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, medical researcher, essayist, and author of the popular science book The Brain That Changes Itself.

The Brain That Changes Itself: was written by psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D. The Brain That Changes Itself features studies of several patients suffering from neurological disorders and details how the brain adapts to compensate for their disabilities. Interviews with the patients and doctors account for a large portion of the contents.
Doidge uses examples of previous work carried out by neuroscientists such as Paul Broca and Paul Bach-y-Rita to show that the brain is adaptive, and thus plastic. Through the case studies, Doidge demonstrates both the beneficial and detrimental effects that neuroplasticity can have on a patient, saying, “Neuroplasticity contributes to both the constrained and unconstrained aspects of our nature,” however “it renders our brains not only more resourceful, but also more vulnerable to outside influences.”

The Brain that Changes Itself is also an interesting CBC documentary, based on the best-selling book by Toronto psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Norman Doidge. Some of the cases that we get to know while watching CBC videos below are:

– Roger Behm, a blind man who is now able to see via his tongue (and can throw a basketball into a garbage can to prove it).
– Cheryl Schiltz, who was written-off by doctors when she lost her sense of balance due to a drug’s side effect. Once sentenced to a lifetime of wobbling, her brain rewired itself through a seemingly simple therapy, and has now regained her balance and returned to a normal life.
– Michelle Mack, one of the greatest examples of the brain’s ability to adapt: she was born, literally, with just half of her brain.
– Michael Bernstein, who suffered a debilitating stroke in the prime of his life, paralyzing the left side of his body. He’s now back to his former life, as his brain functions have been rerouted and re-invigorated.

The Brain That Changes Itself – CBC Documentary Part 1

The Brain That Changes Itself – CBC Documentary Part 2

The Brain That Changes Itself – CBC Documentary Part 3

The Brain That Changes Itself – CBC Documentary Part 4

As announced on CBC.ca: Changing Your Mind (premiered Thursday September 30 at 8 pm on CBC-TV & Thursday October 14 at 10 pm ET/PT on CBC News Network) follows last season’s eye-opening documentary The Brain That Changes Itself (based on the best-selling book by Toronto psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Norman Doidge). Once again, Dr. Doidge takes us through some very compelling neurological cases to illustrate how the changing brain plays an important role in treating mental diseases and disorders.

In Changing Your Mind, we explore the latest research that is offering hope to those suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and even schizophrenia.

For centuries the human adult brain has been thought to be incapable of fundamental change. Now the discovery and growing awareness of neuroplasticity has revolutionized our understanding of the brain – and has opened the door to new treatments and potential cures for many diseases and disorders once thought incurable.

Neuroscience is past viewing the human brain as a machine, as it once did, where, if one part breaks down or doesn’t work properly, the function it performed is permanently gone, in all cases. Indeed, in just the past few years, we’ve built on our knowledge that our brains are constantly changing their structure and function and that the adult brain is not “hard-wired” but plastic – always changing. It applies even in old age – a particularly hopeful note for an aging population like ours.