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Brain Plasticity: The Ability of the Brain to Learn, Change and Adapt
Posted: Friday, June 1, 2012 1:39 PM
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From Alzheimer's Daily News:

(Source: SharpBrains) - You may have heard that the brain is plastic. As you know the brain is not made of plastic. Neuroplasticity or brain plasticity refers to the brain's ability to change throughout life. The brain has the amazing ability to reorganize itself by forming new connections between brain cells (neurons).

A surprising consequence of neuroplasticity is that brain activity associated with a given function can move to a different location, as a consequence of a normal experience, brain damage or recovery.


The brain compensates for damage by reorganizing and forming new connections between intact neurons. In order to reconnect, the neurons need to be stimulated through activity.


For a long time, it was believed that as we aged, the connections in the brain became fixed. Research has shown that in fact the brain never stops changing through learning.


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