THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF: STORIES OF PERSONAL TRIUMPH FROM THE FRONTIERS OF BRAIN SCIENCE, by Dr. Norman Doidge —
Toronto psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and explorer of brain plasticity — was published in 2007 to worldwide acclaim. It remains one of the most important books in its field, in its demonstration of the seemingly miraculous ways that the brain can be rewired through thought processes and mind training. Doidge shows the efficacy of talk therapy, quoting Columbia University’s great neuroscientist Eric Kandel, the Nobel laureate, who said that “psychotherapy can result in detectable changes in the brain.” fMRI brain scans of anxious patients showed reduced abnormal activation of the brain following psychoanalysis. Click on the link to CBC-TV’s documentary with Norman Doidge, following his research path.