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Norman Doidge, FRCPC, is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and author of The Brain that Changes Itself and The Brain's Way of Healing. The former, authored in 2007, was an international bestseller and widely recognized to have introduced the concept of neuroplasticity to broader scientific and lay audiences alike. It showed people with learning disorders, blindness, balance and sensory disorders, strokes, cerebral palsy, chronic pain, chronic depression and anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder being helped by neuroplastic interventions.
Doidge's second book, The Brain's Way of Healing (2015), describes an expanding number of clinical conditions that may be treated by neuroplastic interventions. It was a New York Times bestseller and also received praise from both lay and specialized readership, with Ramachandran calling it “a treasure trove of the author's own deep insights and a clear bright light of optimism shines through every page.”
Altogether, Doidge has written over 170 articles, a combination of academic, scientific and popular pieces. He has been sole author of academic papers on neuroplasticity, human limitations and notions of perfectibility, psychotherapy treatment outcomes, Schizoid personality disorder and trauma, psychoanalysis and neuroscience.