The Brain That Changes Itself

Chapter 3 by Dr Norman Doidge


Would you like to know how discoveries by eminent neuroscientist Dr Michael Merzenich led to a program that can help children and adults with learning difficulties, reading challenges and can increase everyone's capacity to learn?

Chapter 3 of Norman’s bestselling book tells the story of how Dr Merzenich's and his colleagues, Dr Bill Jenkins,
Dr Paula Tallal and Dr Steve Miller developed brain exercises which help us:

  • Think faster
  • Remember more
  • Pay better attention
  • Read more fluently
  • Understand more of what we read

The chapter also describes how brain plasticity can be used to redesign brains at any age.

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What's in Chapter 3?

Redesigning the Brain

In chapter 3, Norman Doidge explains:

  • How our brains are like a living creature with an appetite, and they can grow and change with proper nourishment.
  • That practising a new skill, under the right conditions, can change hundreds of millions and possibly billions of the connections between the nerve cells in our brains.
  • "Critical periods" for the development of brain systems.  For example language development has a critical window of time that begins in infancy and ends between eight years and puberty

About the Author


Dr Norman Doidge

Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, author, essayist and poet. He is on faculty at the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry, and Research Faculty at  Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York. He is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers. He lives in Toronto.

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