Neuroplasticity - Understanding the Brain
The brain is the most complex organ of the body. It is responsible for our actions, emotions, thoughts, language, movement, and internal systems of the body. A brain that is not working to its full potential can show up as learning disabilities, developmental delays, mental illness or brain trauma. In order to help the brain get back on track, we must first understand what makes it work.
What is neuroplasticity?
"Neurons that fire together, wire together"
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change itself. The brain was once thought to be hard wired - meaning you were stuck with the brain you had once you grew into an adult. New research has shown that many aspects of the brain remain changeable (or "plastic") even into adulthood.
Neuroplastic change can occur at the individual neuron level or to the whole brain as it remaps itself after injury.
This is important to those suffering from a diagnosis (PTSD, brain injury, ADHD, autism, FASD, dyslexia, etc) because with the proper treatment of a knowledgeable rehabilitation therapist, many of the symptoms can improve.
Look at the video to understand neuroplasticity better.
Dr. Norman Doidge, a psychiatrist in Toronto wrote two fascinating books called The Brain that Changes itself and The Brain's Way of healing. He appeared on The Nature of Things. Look at these documentaries.
Doidge, N. (2015). The brain’s way of healing: Remarkable discoveries and recoveries from the frontiers of neuroplasticity. New York, NY: Penguin Group.