The Brain That Changes Itself documentary

I have written before about the books by Norman Doidge.  They are fascinating because they hold a camera up to real lives and real people who show medical change and progress, in a way that our medical and scientific experience and expectations do not prepare us for.

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They reveal how the brain is plastic – able to change and adapt on a continual basis. This is the essence of learning – getting to know something that it did not know before.

Doidge tells this information through stories and theory intertwined.  Classical science sometimes dismisses cases studies that focus on the person with the condition, preferring to concentrate on the condition.  Oliver Sacks went some way to rehabilitating person-centred medical thinking. Norman Doidge continues this work.

Check out the documentary about his book on Youtube.

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