I first talked with with Dr. Edward Taub the inventor of Constraint Induced (CI) Movement Therapy back in early 2008 (BSP 28). CI Therapy is a revolutionary rehabilitation method based on the principles of brain plasticity. Evidence supporting its effectiveness has mounted since we last talked. Unfortunately, because it is so different from traditional physical therapy, it requires special training and it is still not covered by many major insurance companies. The Veteran's Administration recognizes it as the preferred treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) but they currently have no therapists trained in the method.
I have a recorded a new interview with Dr. Taub, which I have split into two parts. The rest of the interview will be posted next month. This month's episode (BSP 119) focuses on how CI Therapy works and also provides a brief historical overview of the neuroscientific discovery of brain plasticity.
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References that mention Dr. Taub's work:
- Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves by Sharon Begley; Available from Audible.com (discussed in BSP 10)
- The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge; Available from Audible.com (see also BSP 26)
Related Episodes (besides 10 and 26):
- BSP 28: Dr. Taub's first interview on the Brain Science Podcast
- Interviews with Dr. Michael Merzenich: BSP 54 and BSP 105
- BSP 113: Dalai Lama discusses Healing and Brain Plasticity with both Dr. Taub and Dr. Merzenich, along with Dr. Norman Doidge
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