Norman Doidge, M.D.

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.


Dr. Doidge is a renowned research psychiatrist and author of the bestselling book, The Brain That Changes Itself. He has written over 170 articles—scientific and popular—that have appeared in several media outlets such as the U.S. News and World Report, the Medical Post and the back-page essay for Time Magazine. He was also featured in the PBS special, The Brain Fitness Program, which became the most successful TV fund raising drive in PBS’s history.

Reviews have been positive from academics in the neuroplasticity field, with frequent praise of Doidge's writing style. third-party source needed Neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp stated it is "A rich banquet of brain-mind plasticity, communicated in a brilliantly clear writing style." The Brain That Changes Itself has been translated into 18 languages so far. It was the #1 bestseller in both Canada and Australia. In 2008, it was one of the Amazon US top ten science books of 2008, as well as being listed under "top books" by Amazon Canada, Globe and Mail (Canada), and Slate. The book became the all-time bestseller at both the Sydney Writers' Festival, and the Brisbane Writers Festival.

What is brain plasticity?
Why did it take so long for scientists to discover that the brain is plastic and can change? What future developments can we expect in the field of brain plasticity? Listen to Norman Doidge and Dr. Michael Merzenich discuss these questions below.

Learn about this great scientific finding!
Read “Chapter 3: Redesigning the brain,” from Dr. Doidge’s The Brain That Changes Itself. It features Posit Science’s co-founder Dr. Michael Merzenich’s breakthrough research on brain plasticity.