The Neuroscience of Change

A Compassion-Based Program for Personal Transformation

The Neuroscience of Change

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Personal Transformation Based on Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

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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.

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

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Good Content, presentation needs work Review by HopelessCase

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.

(Posted on 1/13/2017)

Not What I Thought It Was, Dissapointing Review by Rebecca

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.

(Posted on 2/29/2016)

Loving the Science Review by Donnell

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!

(Posted on 8/20/2015)

comment Review by tippy

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.

(Posted on 4/6/2015)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Kathleen S

Very thoughtful weaving of science and wisdom traditions. Clearly presented and most helpful.Well worth the investment.

(Posted on 9/14/2014)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Eric Hansen

I have listened up through program three.

What I really like is the blend of science with the wisdom traditions. I find that inspires to stick with it.

(Posted on 5/7/2014)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Vinny

This is by far the best course you can buy. Kelly McGonigal beautifully combines the eastern teachings with learnings from western science and delivers something that has immense value. I find myself listening to it over and over again and practicing the techniques. Don't think twice, just get this program :)

(Posted on 3/28/2014)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Uri G

I have listened to Dr. McGonigal's program several times, reflected on the content, and did the meditations. I highly recommend the program for anyone who wishes to pursue and achieve a goal and/or become a better version of themselves.

(Posted on 3/13/2014)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by homa askari

great. knowing kelly and reading and following her wonderful, practical books, articles and programs is one of the best thing happend to me. Rick you are amazing as well. I am grateful.

(Posted on 2/18/2014)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Paul G

Kelly McGonigal's work is wonderful.
Can't say the same for Sounds True anymore.
I do think I've been a reasonable customer over the last twenty or so years, but I've spammed the 'news' e's and really have no further interest after a bit of technical difficulty with NO responses from 'support'.

(Posted on 2/13/2014)

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(Posted on 10/5/2013)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Joseph G

I was pleasantly surprise at Kelly's well thought out approach on how to make meaningful and lasting changes to one's outlook on life. The meditation practices are ones that I can do daily.

(Posted on 10/1/2013)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Steve B

This is an excellent program. Thank you for making available. It underscores the key role that mindfulness can play in our lives. Kelly does a good job of keeping it interesting and meaningful: not something easily done on an on-line course. I also cannot say enough kind words about Sounds True. You are my connection, my source for meaningful learning material in the world of mindfulness meets neuroscience. Thank you and Thanks Kelly

(Posted on 9/28/2013)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by gilad s

In this course, Kelly McGonigal, explains very
clearly the brain mechanisms of suffering, and negative habits.
She goes through some important highlights which I found helpful, to change and address negative habits and internal experience.
It helped me listening, also to some of her talks in youtube to get some, before I took this course.
The approach here is different then the stiff and rigid approach I am used to use for change, and I find very helpful for dealing with my own issues.

(Posted on 6/18/2013)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Lia A

This audio book is great. The combination of research, reflection, and concrete meditative exercises is very effective. But the audiobook needs a more detailed textual accompaniment than the short outline it comes with. The listener has no way to get back to any particular material or instructions.
I highly recommend this product.

(Posted on 5/9/2013)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Morwenna K

Kelly is amazing - this program changed my life for the better. Thank you.

(Posted on 1/19/2013)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Donald F.

Very good. Only qualm I have is that it took a long time to get through the whole thing. Highly interesting material.

(Posted on 1/17/2013)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by MelissaT

Using your work to support my action research involving math education reform. Action research question: Students FEEL bad at math if and only if they are provided with bad mathematics learning environments and experiences. Is the converse true? If students are provided with positive mathematics learning experiences to FEEL successful in mathematics, will they perform successfully in mathematics? Do feelings matter in mathematics? Should mathematics be fun?

(Posted on 10/29/2012)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Cathy T

This is excellent! I would highly recommend this program. The guided meditations are great, and I have been revisiting them frequently.

(Posted on 10/22/2012)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Richard K

The sessions were very insightful and helpful to me. I've swung between depression and anxiety, and Kelly's observations about each state helped me see how they are playing me against myself. I've made definite progress in isolating my default state and moving into a more present state with compassion for myself.

(Posted on 10/16/2012)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Lauren

Excellent. I highly recommend this audiobook.

(Posted on 9/6/2012)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Elizabeth A

This is an incredibly helpful and insightful program. I have practiced the meditations several times already and find them to be really valuable! The info on neuroscience is really useful as well.

(Posted on 8/31/2012)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Heather D

I found this lecture series excellent and full of useful information and practical techniques. I found the grounding of Ms. McGonigal experiences and recommendations in solid scientific replicated and credible facts very helpful. Not at all a, as my children would call it, a woo woo hippie trippie book, but extremely valuable reasoning for anyone interested in mindfulness and it's affects on the human body and spirit.

(Posted on 8/27/2012)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Alette W

This is a great introduction to meditation, mindfulness and compassion. However, the exercises are quite basic and the neuroscience isn't as detailed as I would have liked.

(Posted on 8/19/2012)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Andrija Dzonic

Kelly is a great teacher, perfect combination of scientific mind and compassionate heart. It’s very likely you will “click” with her and remember to actually apply what you learned in your everyday life.

(Posted on 6/26/2012)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Anthony Billings

This program explains some new findings in neuroscience about how to change and how the brain can prevent change. She discusses which parts of the brain create habit and how the brain keeps us locked in those habits. Kelly has a nice clear voice. The default resting state of the brain is NOT where you want to be!

(Posted on 6/15/2012)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Barbara Brown

Kelly's voice is very clear and concise. The information is very thorough. I still have a couple more CD's to listen to from this set but I am enjoying the presentation and information.

(Posted on 6/13/2012)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Carolyn Ruthenberg

Fascinating program. I’ve studied the teachings of Buddhism for years and have found in my life following the teachings lead to positive change. They are mostly common sense. This program adds explanation and clarity to why. The experiments make it real, instead of just theory.
Using the information in this program in combination with a mindfulness awareness practice (recommend any of the writings by Thich Nhat Hanh) can change your life.

(Posted on 5/31/2012)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Ann Fuller

Wonderful program. I'm about mid way into my Health Psychology program at the doctoral level and bout this to help me integrate it with my nursing and complementary practices. Thanks what a great speaker Kelly is and as always you all rock! Thank you all for the work you do. I spend Friday evenings with you all doing things like the program that Kelly and Tami did recently. Thanks again. Blessings,

(Posted on 5/29/2012)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by John Jenkins

Very valuable information that is extremely well presented. I whole heartily recommend it.

(Posted on 5/28/2012)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by norah parissi

As usual, you guys rock. I am very greatful for your existence and try to collaborate with it as much as I can. Thank you, Tami.

(Posted on 5/28/2012)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by gus castellanos

Great Neuroscience discussions and introspections. She is articulate and well researched.

(Posted on 5/27/2012)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by george a jenkins

The author is wise beyond her yeas.she has mastered the connection between Science and Being.I would recomend this program to anyone that wants get into the NOW of comprehending how science is finally going to help explain what has in the past been treated as a knowing of only the mystical.

(Posted on 5/26/2012)

Review for The Neuroscience of Change Review by Janice Evans

Wonderful ! Thank you

(Posted on 5/26/2012)



Contents 6 CDs (6 hours, 25 minutes)
Date Published May 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-790-5
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-790-2
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Code AF02535D

Audio Download

Contents Audio download (6 hours, 25 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published May 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-823-5
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-823-7
Product Code AF02535W

CE Credits

Contents 6.5 CE credits
Date Published May 01, 2012
Product Code CE03906