Nothing has rocked popular culture’s perception of neuroscience like the advent of neuroplasticity, the idea that the brain’s structural makeup and functional patterns can change at any time in one’s life. The discovery of neuroplasticity stands in stark contrast to the centuries-old myth (beginning in the 1880’s) that once the brain reaches maturity, it enters a stage of neural decline, unable to repair any damage or regenerate after injury.
Since the 1960’s, pioneers of neuroplasticity have been working to demonstrate the adult brain’s ability to change. We have seen examples from stroke victims, the blind and deaf and those with cognitive disabilities that, despite significant physical damage, the brain can reroute functions and repair itself.
The great strides the scientific community has made in structural repair of the brain have led to a greater question: What more can we do with neuroplasticity? Continue reading “Neuroplasticity: Changing Your Frame of Mind”