The Brain That Changes Itself

"Fascinating. Doidge's book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain."

Oliver Sacks

"Lucid and absolutely fascinating. Doidge explains with clarity, grace and vividness.... It satisfies in equal measure the mind and the heart."

Chicago Tribute

"Readers will want to read entire sections aloud

and pass the book on to someone who can benefit from it.

Doidge links scientific experimentation

with personal triumph in a way that inspires awe."

The Washington Post

"It takes a rare talent to explain science to the rest of us.

You don't have to be a brain surgeon to read it—just a person

with a curious mind. Doidge is the best possible guide."

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"Fascinating ... The power of positive thinking finally gains 

scientific credibility. Mind-bending, miracle-making,

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."

The New York Times


Doidge has identified a tidal shift in basic science....

The implications are monumental."

The Times (London)

In his first book, The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge introduced readers to the most important shift in our understanding of the brain since the beginning of modern science: the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience—the phenomenon of neuroplasticity. His revolutionary new book shows, for the first time, how the amazing process of neuroplastic healing really works.

For centuries it was believed that the price we paid for our brain's complexity was that, compared with other organs, it was fixed and unregenerative— unable to recover mental abilities lost because of damage or disease. The Brain's Way of Healing turns that belief on its head, as Doidge lucidly explains how the brain's capacities are highly dynamic, and how its very sophistication makes possible a unique and gentle kind of healing. He describes natural, noninvasive avenues into the brain provided by the forms of energy around us—light, sound, vibration, movement—that can pass through our senses and our bodies to awaken the plastic brain's own transformative capacities without surgery or medication and their unpleasant side effects or risks.

Drawing on this nuanced understanding of how our brains work, scientists and practitioners have learned how to use neuroplastic therapies to address many common conditions and to offer hope where prospects for healing were long denied. We see patients in whom years of chronic pain have been alleviated, and others who have recovered the ability not just to walk or talk but to live fully despite debilitating strokes, as well as cases of long-standing brain injuries cured or vastly improved. We meet children on the autistic spectrum or with learning disorders or attention deficit disorder who have used neuroplastic techniques to achieve normal lives, and sufferers who have seen symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and cerebral palsy radically diminished. And we learn how to vastly reduce the risk of dementia, or improve the brain's performance and health, with simple approaches anyone can use.

Neuroplastic healing is truly one of the life-changing breakthroughs of modern science—"mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff," in the words of The New York Times, describing Doidge's first book. Here, he uses both astonishing, moving human stories and reports from the frontiers of an exciting field in brain science, putting it all together to help us recognize how mind, brain, and body, as well as the energies around us, are all essential elements that combine in health and healing. This is a book with the potential to transform, to heal, and to offer hope.

NORMAN DOIDGE, M. D., is a psychiatrist, a psychoanalyst, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Brain That Changes Itself, which was chosen by the Dana Foundation from over thirty thousand titles as the best general book on the brain. He is on the Research Faculty of the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research at Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry in New York City, and on the faculty of the University of Toronto's Department of Psychiatry. He lives in Toronto.