The Neuroplasticity Revolution and the Discovery that Mental Experience Changes Brain Structure
A multi-media presentation by Dr Norman Doidge M.D. a Canadian born psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, essayist, and international bestselling author. The event was chaired by Iain Macwhirter, well-known columnist and Edinburgh University Rector.
We were not able to record the proceedings or upload the presentation to this website. However, there is some information on the book available below, or via the menu on the right, or you can go to Dr Doidge's website.
The reviews and reception given to Dr Doidge's book shows the importance attributed to his work:
The Brain That Changes Itself has been described as “Brilliant” by the London Times, and The New York Times has written that in The Brain That Changes Itself, “The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility. Mind-bending, miracle-working, reality-busting stuff, with implications…not only for individual patients with neurologic disease but for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history... Straddles the gap between science and self-help.”
Oliver Sacks has called it, “a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.” The book has been a #1 bestseller in Canada and in Australia, and is a New York Times Bestseller, on the extended list for 12 months. It is available in over 70 countries, and is also a documentary film by the same name.
The book was chosen one of the top science books of 2007 by amazon.com, and one of the top books of the year by amazon.ca, Slate Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and the National Post and The Guardian. It has received scholarly and academic awards, including the U.S. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) which chose The Brain That Changes Itself to receive the 2008 Ken Book Award, "for an outstanding literary contribution toward a better understanding of mental illness," and the Mary S. Sigourney Prize, in international psychoanalysis.