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The Brain, Touch & Two New Artists

Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, author, essayist and poet, he joins Life Elsewhere to discuss his latest book The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity. They thought that the brain was too sophisticated for its own good. That during evolution it became so complex that it lost the ability to repair itself and to restore lost functions or to preserve itself. They were wrong. Because it turns out that its very sophistication can
be the source of a unique kind of healing… The brain’s way of healing.”
Says Doidge. The subject of his book could be daunting if it were not for Norman’s enthusiasm and easy to understand explanations. And,
best-selling author David J. Linden will also join the program to talk about examining how our sense of touch and emotion are interconnected in his new book Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind. Norman B will delve into Linden’s engaging book and ask,“What makes an orgasm feel so good?”, “How come we can’t read Braille with our genitals?” and “Does the brain manipulate pain and our sense of touch?”

Lauren ScrivenerPlus, Norman B will introduce a new young artist from the south of England, Lauren Scrivener. He is raving about her and thinks she deserves your attention. Listen and see if you agree, let Norman know by sharing your opinion about Lauren and her music, send an email to normanb at lifeelsewhere dot co. The Hit That Never WasLaura Groves this week features another female musician from the UK, Laura Groves.  She  went by the name of Blue Roses, a few years back, you can hear her music from 2009 by clicking on the name Blue Roses and her photo. Two wonderful talents, you’re not going to hear on any other Arts, Media & Culture radio show.

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Read Norman B’s interview with Martin “Youth” Glover in Trebuchet Magazine

Examining The Sensation Of Touch

David LindenDavid J. Linden, is a professor of neuroscience at the John Hopkins School of Medicine and New York Times bestselling author of The Compass of Pleasure. His latest book Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind examines the sensation of touch – from its biology to its vital role in every aspect of the human experience. Millions of years of evolution have endowed us with areas of the brain that are dedicated to processing touch signal; with a series of dedicated sensors and nerve fibers that predispose us to respond to a stimulus like a caress, but only if it’s administered at the proper velocity; with receptors in our skin that
make mint feel cool and chili peppers hot. There are actually two different systems for processing touch: one to extract basic sensory information, and another to register its particular emotional context. Without the latter, an orgasm would feel more like a sneeze – convulsive, but not especially compelling. Because of the latter, a gentle pat from a lover administered during an argument might feel as welcome as a spider crawling across your arm. On the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B will delve into Linden’s
engaging book and ask, “What makes an orgasm feel so good?”, “How come we can’t read Braille with our genitals?” and “Does the brain manipulate pain and our sense of touch?”

Make sure you don’t miss David J. Linden, author of Touch, next on Life Elsewhere. New time and new place: Sunday, 12 noon ET at WMNF The Source HD3. It’s easy to listen, click here in your browser. And, you can listen on your iPhone or iPad, get the new WMNF player hereLife Elsewhere can also be heard at NWCZ Radio, every Monday at 5.00pm Pacific Time.

Read Norman B’s interview with Martin “Youth” Glover in Trebuchet Magazine