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This Is Your Brain – This Is Your Brain On Neuroplasticity

People used to think that planet Earth, was flat.

Some people believe that once your brain is damaged or compromised, you can never regain those lost connections or cells. WRONG.

Have you heard of Neuroplasticity? Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections. Your brain performs this function throughout your life.

Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.

Brain reorganization takes place by mechanisms such as “axonal sprouting” in which undamaged axons grow new nerve endings to reconnect neurons whose links were injured or severed.

Undamaged axons can also sprout nerve endings and connect with other undamaged nerve cells, forming new neural pathways to accomplish a needed function.

For example, if one hemisphere of the brain is damaged, the intact hemisphere may take over some of its functions. The brain compensates for damage in effect by reorganizing and forming new connections between intact neurons. In order to reconnect, the neurons need to be stimulated through activity. This is why games like crossword puzzles and sudoko are recommended for people as they age.

Neuroplasticity sometimes may also contribute to impairment. For example, people who are deaf may suffer from a continual ringing in their ears (tinnitus), the result of the rewiring of brain cells starved for sound. For neurons to form beneficial connections, they must be correctly stimulated.

Neuroplasticity is also called brain plasticity or brain malleability. If you believe that once a brain is damaged, it can never recover, you are wrong.

This wrong thinking however, can actually prevent neuroplasticity from happening. If you think you cannot regain brain function, you may prove yourself right … and be stuck with brain damage. In addition, your negative thoughts about another person’s ability to recovery from injury or a disease, like a tumor, can hinder their recovery.

It’s your choice. Either be ‘right’ or be well.

The Earth is shaped like an egg. The brain can sprout new nerve endings. You are not as stupid as you look. ; )

Neither is anyone else.

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