Public interest in the field of neuroplasticity piqued following the discovery that the nervous system is not a hard-wired structure, but rather a malleable, ever-changing network of neurons – perpetually influenced by mental activity and lived experience.
Based on the latest scientific evidence of how the brain works, in his keynote, Dr. Norman Doidge will share compelling stories of neuroplastic healing within children and adults, and describe cutting-edge therapies and techniques, paying particular importance to the Tomatis® Method.
A remarkable public speaker and an award-winning researcher, with an impressive academic career, Dr. Norman Doidge will transport us to the fascinating universe of brain science. He will share findings from his two bestselling books, The Brain that Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing.
Dr. Doidge has won a number of scientific awards, including the U.S. National Psychiatric Endowment Award in Psychiatry; the American Psychoanalytic Association’s CORST Prize in Psychoanalysis and Culture; the Canadian Psychoanalytic Association’s M. Prados Prize; and election to the American College of Psychoanalysts for “many outstanding achievements in psychiatry and psychoanalysis… and national leadership in psychiatry.”
For a number of years, most recently in 2015, he has been among the most frequently cited authors in psychoanalysis, and in 2008, he won the Mary S. Sigourney Prize, the highest award in international psychoanalysis in that literature. But he is best know for his contributions to understanding the brain and new approaches to it.
In 2010, U.S. Dana Brain Foundation’s journal Cerebrum editors and readers chose The Brain that Changes Itself from among 30,000 books written on the brain, as “the best general book on the brain.”
The Brain that Changes Itself won best book of the year awards from The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Slate, Amazon.com (Top Ten Science Category) Amazon.ca (Best Books of the Year Category) among others.
The National Association of Mental Illness Ken Book Award, for an “outstanding literary work contributing to better understanding of mental illness as a neurobiological disease.”
The Brain’s Way of Healing won the 2015 Gold Nautilus Award in Science
In October 2015, Dr. Doidge was recipient of the Special Recognition Award from Brain Injury Canada for his “extraordinary, heroic contribution to advance the cause of acquired brain injury in Canada.”
In his book, The Brain’s Way of Healing, Dr. Doidge talks about this “second generation of neuroplasticians who, because they did not have the burden of proving the existence of plasticity, could devote all their energy to understanding and using its wonderful powers.”
In summary, all these neuroplasticians who experienced neuroplasticity unknowingly. Among them was Alfred Tomatis, a leading figure in neuroplasticity.
He created a neuro-sensory stimulation Method and said the brain was malleable even before neuroplasticity was dubbed by the scientific community.
Norman Doidge pays homage to the founder of our method, Alfred Tomatis, and sees in him a precursor of the new theories on the human brain.