Barbara Arrowsmith-Young turned her life-defining learning disabilities into an unlikely asset. Unable to process language or decode symbols, she compensated with her fierce determination to learn, fuelled by a formidable memory. In graduate school, she chanced on research that held the key to reprogramming her own brain. This was in the 1970s and 80s, before neuroplasticity became a widely accepted fact. Her pioneering Arrowsmith Program has since helped countless children and adults with learning disabilities to unlock their potential. She’s joined in conversation by Natasha Mitchell (ABC Radio National Life Matters).
Science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams presents Radio National’s The Science Show and Ockham’s Razor.
Natasha Mitchell is a multi-award winning journalist, presenter and podcaster with the ABC, presenting flagship national programs including Life Matters (2012-2016), founder of the popular show All in the Mind (2002-12), and now a new science, culture and storytelling program, Science Friction on ABC Radio National.
Dava Sobel is the author of Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, The Planets, and A More Perfect Heaven. Interested in astronomy since childhood, she renewed and strengthened her interest under the influence of Carl Sagan, whom she first interviewed in 1972.
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young is the founder of the Arrowsmith Program, a suite of cognitive programs based on the principles of neuroplasticity which change the brain’s capacity to learn. Her book, based on her own experiences, is The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation.