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What is Neuroplasticity? A Psychologist Explains

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Neuroplasticity: The Brain’s Ability To Adapt

The human brain is not static, but is shape-shifting, upgrading, maintaining and housekeeping itself all the time.

The constant rewiring, adapting and upgrading is happening not just in our formative years, but through the course of our lifetime. This ...

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While neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to form fresh connections and to rewire itself, neurogenesis is the brain’s ability to grow new neurons.

Experiments in the 1960s discovered that traumatic events, stress and anxiety are detrimental to the ...

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Neuroplasticity has two broad types:

  • Structural neuroplasticity: When the synapses or the strength of connections between neurons changes.
  • Functional neuroplasticity: When learning and development lead to permanent changes in the synapses.

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When the brain learns new things, it connects neuron cells and creates new pathways. Learning new facts may not be very useful, but if one learns a new language, skill or a musical instrument, the neuron magic starts to happen and the rewiring begins.

If we have a ...

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  • The brains of children are extremely adaptive and start to form patterns and connections as soon as they are born.
  • The exponential growth is then refined when the child grows up.
  • The neuron cells can be adaptive to learning special skills or recovering from injuries, impa...

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Apart from forming new pathways and connections, neuroplasticity can also:

  1. Recover the brain from strokes and injuries.
  2. Rewire functions if one area is damaged.
  3. Heighten the senses of a particular function if the other is damaged.
  4. Increase memory and cognit...

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One can boost or enhance neuroplasticity by:

  1. Fasting: Intermittent fasting increases synaptic adaptation and promotes neuron growth.
  2. Travelling: Exposing the brain to new environments.
  3. Memory Training: Memory exerci...

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Patients with severe brain damage are able to rapidly heal themselves, practically remodelling the brain a few days or weeks after the trauma.

What’s weird is that a brain injury is a great time to take advantage of the rapid reorganization, recovery and other significant changes that a br...

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Psychiatric disorders, stress, anxiety and depression are by itself neuroplasticity, but in a negative, destruction-oriented way.

The damage caused to the brain by these mental disorders encourages unhealthy and dangerous pathways.

Breathing exercises, body awa...

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Depression and anxiety can be regulated and reversed by certain exercises:

  1. Memory games, crossword, or sudoku.
  2. Juggling, or learning to play a new musical instrument.
  3. Learning a new language.
  4. Yoga.
  5. Meditation.
  6. Regular exercise of the body....

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Neurons are by themselves responsible for the experience of pain. The brain can adapt and manage chronic pain by:

  1. Mild electric shocks in the brain to stimulate certain areas.
  2. Magnetic stimulation of the brain.
  3. Fasting intermittently.
  4. Glucose supplements.

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  • Meditation has a profound effect on the neuroplasticity work inside the brain, with some regions like the hippocampus or certain parts of the amygdala becoming significantly larger.
  • Music lifts our mood and is a highly impactful way to facilitate structural and functional changes i...

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