Michael Merzenich interviews Anat part 1

Yesterday Anat met up with Michael Merzenich at Posit Science and he interviewed her about her book. Since they first met earlier this year, he has become a great supporter of the Anat Baniel Method and thinks the book should have the widest possible audience. ‘Baniel has developed powerful, practical strategies for improving your abilities and building a better, stronger brain that are supported by the neuroscience of brain plasticity,” he says. In this first excerpt of the interview he asks her about how she has incorporated the principles of modern neuroscience, neuroplasticity in particular, in elaborating the work she based on her studies with Moshe Feldenkrais 30 years ago.


Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus, University of California at San Francisco and Chief Scientific Officer, Posit Science

As co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Posit Science, Michael Merzenich heads the company’s global team. For more than three decades, Dr. Merzenich has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. In the late 1980s, Dr. Merzenich was on the team that invented the cochlear implant, now distributed by market leader Advanced Bionics. In 1996, Dr. Merzenich was the founding CEO of Scientific Learning Corporation (Nasdaq: SCIL), which markets and distributes software that applies principles of brain plasticity to assist children with language learning and reading. Dr. Merzenich has published more than 200 articles, including many in leading peer-reviewed journals (such as Science and Nature), received numerous awards and prizes (including the Ipsen Prize, Zülch Prize, Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award and Purkinje Medal), and been granted more than 50 patents for his work.. Dr. Merzenich’s is also often covered in the popular press, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Forbes, and Newsweek. He has also appeared extensively on television, and his work was featured on the PBS specials “The Brain Fitness Program” and “Brain Fitness 2: Sight and Sound.” Dr. Merzenich earned his BS degree at the University of Portland and his PhD at Johns Hopkins. He retired from his long career as Francis A. Sooy Professor and Co-Director of the Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience at the University of California at San Francisco in 2007. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1999 and will be inaugurated into the Institute of Medicine this year.

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  1. […] This is an interview with Dr. Michael Merzenich, neuroscientist and Anat Baniel noted Feldenkrais  (R) practitioner who has continued the evolution of organic learning, creating her own dynamic approach working with children with brain damage.  It is all about how our brains work and how to learn!   This is a must for anyone who wants to enjoy more of life, to be able to do what you want to do no matter what you age or issues.  You can learn and achieve beyond your limiting beliefs!  To learn more click here. […]

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