As announced on 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.

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  • Doug Griffin says:

    Dr. Doidge –

    Please add my name to your voluminous list of fans.

    In the 1980’s I got to know a Canadian optometrist – Dr. Art Hurst of Bracebridge, Ontario – who developed simple exercises usng hand-made wooden devices to train the brains of youngsters who were failing to learn in school. The parents he trained to use the instruments with their children were astonished at how successful the exercises were.

    Dr. Hurst died only a few weeks ago, in his nineties. In the 1980’s I went with him as he explained the results of his work to school boards and public administrators, who told him it was impossible that simple exercises could develop the brain’s capacity to learn. Dr. Hurst was ahead of his time.

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