- At the beginning of life: when the immature brain organizes itself.
- In case of brain injury: to compensate for lost functions or maximize remaining functions.
- Through adulthood: whenever something new is learned and memorized.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Is brain plasticity good or bad?
Good. If you don’t have it, you should want it.
According to an article by Dr. Pascale Michelon on the SharpterBrains website,
“Neuroplasticity or brain plasticity refers to the brain’s ability to CHANGE throughout life.” And in this case, Dr. Michelon is talking about change for the better.
In addition to genetic factors, the environment in which a person lives, as well as the actions of that person, play a role in plasticity.
Neuroplasticity occurs in the brain:
So why is this a big deal?
Well, to begin with the article notes that:
“A surprising consequence of neuroplasticity is that the brain activity associated with a given function can move to a different location as a consequence of normal experience, brain damage or recovery. In his book “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, Norman Doidge describes numerous examples of functional shifts.
In one of them, a surgeon in his 50s suffers a stroke. His left arm is paralyzed. During his rehabilitation, his good arm and hand are immobilized, and he is set to cleaning tables. The task is at first impossible. Then slowly the bad arm remembers how to move. He learns to write again, to play tennis again: the functions of the brain areas killed in the stroke have transferred themselves to healthy regions.”
Would like to improve your neuroplasticity? Want to read more? Here’s a link to the article: http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2008/02/26/brain-plasticity-how-learning-changes-your-brain/