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The Brain That Changes Itself: The Neuroplasticity Revolution and its implications

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LSE public lecture

Date: Tuesday 17 March 2009
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Norman Doidge

The discovery that the human brain can change its own structure and function with thought, and experience, turning on its own genes to change its circuitry, reorganize itself and change its operation is the most important alteration in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years. We shall explore how, given that the human brain has been plastic, we have missed this core feature. Many new cures for neurological and psychiatric conditions are described. This discovery has major implications for understanding the humanities, social science and culture, for it means that our individual cultural practices and experiences actually rewire our brains, so that differences between cultures give rise to different kinds of brains in the members of those cultures.

Norman Doidge MD is a psychiatrist, researcher, psychoanalyst and poet on faculty at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry.

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