Brain Plasticity

Your brain changes throughout your life. Brain plasticity refers to the capacity of your brain to undergo physiological changes. More specifically, the nervous system is malleable and will be affected by changes in behavior, habits, environment and other neural processes.

Brain plasticity can occur on a variety of levels, ranging from cellular changes due to learning to more profound changes in response to aging, injury and other external factors. The role of brain plasticity is widely recognized in healthy development, learning, memory, and recovery from brain damage. During most of the last century, scientists believed that the brain was a fixed structure. Today, this belief has been challenged by neuroscience. Numerous studies have demonstrated that your brain remain plastic and malleable throughout your life. The fundamental idea is that you need to challenge your brain and use it or lose it!

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