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The Neuroscience of Change

A Compassion-Based Program for Personal Transformation
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Modern science and spiritual wisdom combined in a mindful approach to lasting change.
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Personal Transformation Based on Mindfulness and Self-Compassion 

What's your most important goal? Why does it matter so deeply? How will you overcome the obstacles? Answer these questions with sincerity, proceed with mindfulness and compassion, and you have just set in motion a revolutionary method for personal change that is supported by both the latest science and traditional wisdom. On The Neuroscience of Change, psychologist and award-winning Stanford lecturer Kelly McGonigal presents six sessions of breakthrough ideas, guided practices, and real-world exercises for making self-awareness and kindness the basis for meaningful transformation.

Practical Methods to Retrain Your Brain to Support Your Goals

Our understanding of the incredible power of the human brain is at an all-time high, with the emerging fields of neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and psychophysiology opening new possibilities for greater health, happiness, and freedom from suffering. Drawing on her training as a research scientist and longtime practitioner of meditation and yoga, Dr. McGonigal reveals these startling findings—including the clinically supported methods for training the mind away from default states and negativity that no longer serve us and establishing behaviors and attitudes aligned with our highest values and aspirations.

The First Rule of Change: It's Already Happening 

As the world's wisdom traditions teach and science is now verifying, our lives are in fact defined by constant change. Whether you're looking to change a behavior, improve your health or other circumstances, or simply for a way to bring hope and resilience into your life as it is, The Neuroscience of Change will help you trust yourself and unfold your true capacities for personal transformation.


  • Willingness, self-awareness, and surrender—how to nourish the seeds of change
  • Focusing on the process, not the outcome
  • How to overcome the “trigger-to-instinct” reaction
  • The proven benefits of meditation—and how to start practicing yourself
  • How to transform self-criticism into self-compassion
  • Why your mind creates habits—and how to consciously create new ones
  • Making values-driven commitments
  • Visualization and the principle of “encoding prospective memories”
  • The power of the vow
  • “Deep activation” and the danger of rejecting what is
  • Working with inner experiences as the key to making outward change
  • Six hours of breakthrough science, practical wisdom, guided exercises, and mindfulness meditations for making positive change that lasts

Course objectives:

  • Discuss how to nourish the seeds of change and transformation by working with inner experiences as the key to making outward change through willingness, self-awareness, and surrender.
  • Explain how to transform self-criticism into self-compassion
  • Discuss the value of vows, "encoding prospective memories," making values-driven commitments and how to overcome the "trigger-to-instinct" in the process of transformation and change.
  • Practice guided reflections based on breakthrough science, practical sensability, and wisdom traditions, including exercises and mindfulness meditations that for making positive change that lasts.

    Format Details
    Audio CD
    Contents Digital Audio (6 hours, 25 minutes) 6 CDs (6 hours, 25 minutes)
    Dimensions 5 x 5 inches
    Product Code AF02535W AF02535D
    ISBN Number 978-1-60407-823-7 978-1-60407-790-2
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    Kelly McGonigal

    About Kelly McGonigal

    Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is a health psychologist and award-winning lecturer at Stanford University. A leading expert on the mind-body relationship, her work integrates the latest findings of psychology, neuroscience, and medicine with contemplative practices of mindfulness and compassion from the traditions of Buddhism and yoga. She is the author of The Willpower Instinct and Yoga for Pain Relief.

    Author photo © Mark Bennington

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    Reviewed by Pushpa D.
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    I recommend this product
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    I loved this program. The scientific explanations of workings of brain and how wisdom practices help to gain a balanced outlook of life. At the time COVID-19 I found this program helped to ground myself and not get lost in projections.

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    Reviewed by HopelessCase
    I recommend this product
    Rated 4 out of 5
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    Good Content, presentation needs work

    This is sold as an online course (or audio course, if you will). What it is is basically an audio book. Don't get me wrong, the content as such, both the background and the guided meditation is well done and Ms. McGonigal does a good job narrating the material.

    What I lack is structure. Not even the chapters are named, they are merely numbered. There is no overview of what topics are covered in what part, no downloadable worksheets or summaries, which is what I would have expected. If those things were provided, this course would be wonderful. At the moment, it is just another audio book. Which is also fine, but then it would need to be made clearer in the description.

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    Reviewed by Rebecca
    I recommend this product
    Rated 4 out of 5
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    Not What I Thought It Was, Dissapointing

    I purchased this program because I believed it would be a blending on science and how the mind deals with, makes, and perceives change, and mindfulness. It was more of an introduction to mindfulness. A very basic introduction. With many basic meditations. I was very unhappy about the high price for little information. I suggest this only for those who have never practiced mindfulness before.

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    Reviewed by Donnell
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5
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    Loving the Science

    Kelly Mcgonigal quickly became a favorite teacher, as soon as I discovered her at soundstrue.com. This series is excellent, with a seamless blending of the latest in neuroscience and the best of the wisdom traditions. I am recommending it to everyone I know. Definitely a five star purchase!

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    Reviewed by tippy
    I recommend this product
    Rated 4 out of 5
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    listening to the audio course now and liking it. only thought/wish is that it was also available in printed form (paperback) for easier reference.

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