How the Brain Heals Itself

Apr 2, 2015

New techniques are being used by brain specialists to treat Parkinson's, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.

According to the author of The Brain's Way of Healing, Dr. Norman Doidge, a psychiatrist, researcher, and psychoanalyst, the use of a cutting edge machine, a PoNS machine developed at the University of Wisconsin, has helped some patients by sending electrical signals into the receptors of the tongue, considered a direct neural pathway. The signals stimulate important areas of the brain associated with a variety of deficits.

The techniques Dr. Doidge and others are using, he says, are taking advantage of new knowledge of the brain's neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to respond and heal itself in surprising ways.

Dr. Doidge is on the research faculty at Columbia University and the University of Toronto, where he lives.

American Songbook: Tim Moran Quartet to Perform at Cheshire's Nelson Hall

I'm a longtime fan of Tim Moran's music. If you're energized, as I am, by hard-swinging, adventurous, yet accessible jazz, you've won the lottery. See the one-night only performance of The Tim Moran Quartet, featuring standards from the American Songbook, including bossa nova, jazz, and some original compositions, with an emphasis on what makes jazz the magic that it is, especially in this group's hands—fabulous improvisation. In addition to Moran on alto sax, the quartet includes Jesse Hameen on drums, Jeff Fuller on bass, and Tony Lombardozzi on guitar. That is one talented crew. Can't wait.

The concert takes place Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. at Nelson Hall for the Performing Arts at Elim Park, 150 Cook Hill Rd., Cheshire, Conn. For ticket information, visit nelsonhallelimpark.com or telephone 203-699-5495.

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  • Norman Doidge – author of The Brain's Way of Healing


  • “Gne Gne,” Montefiori Cocktail
  • “My Lost Last Step,” Lymbyc Systym

Lori MackJonathan McNicol, and Marian Roy contributed to this show.