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Changing your brain

September 30, 2010

CBC released a new documentary on the brain, and how very changeable it is. Literally. Various activities, from “mindfulness” (another word for meditation), to video games aimed to reduce auditory hallucinations. Norman Doidge, authour of The Brain that Changes Itself, hosts this documentary. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Schizophrenia, are some of the illnesses being significantly altered through new techniques. The effect of these techniques can be clearly seen on real-time brain imaging, specifically on functional MRI. The patients brains recover so that activity in their brains closely resemble the activity in a normal brain, no longer caught in pathological traps. See this fascinating documentary on the Nature of Things, CBC Documentaries: Changing Your Mind.

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