Neuroplasticity

 

Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change throughout an individual’s life. Unlike what was believed previously, the brain is not fixed and unchangeable but can create new neural pathways to adapt to its needs.

Research on neuroplasticity has opened a window of opportunity for treating many psychiatric and neurologic conditions which were thought to be irreversible. Most interventions which increase neuroplasticity are non-invasive and use the senses to access the brain.

Various forms of neurotherapy use the brain’s plasticity to make clinical changes. Neurostimulation like electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation use electric currents or magnetic fields to induce brain changes, whilst neuromodulatory treatments like neurofeedback train up new brain circuitry to improve brain functioning.

Here is a must see video, ‘The Brain that changes Itself’, by Dr. Norman Doidge.