29 Jul Neuroplasticity: Exciting discovery that the brain continues to grow and change
or decades, the prevailing dogma in neuroscience was that you can’t teach old dog new tricks – meaning that the adult human brain is essentially unchangeable. The general consensus among neuroscientists, as well as popular belief, was that brain architectures become fixed and cannot change past adulthood.
Ongoing research has overthrown the old beliefs. In its place has come the realization that the adult brain has impressive powers of “neuroplasticity”- the ability to change its structure and function in response to direct experience.
Making neurons connect and sync could be life altering for those suffering from brain lesions or movement disorders. “Imagine not being able to have full control of your arms or legs. It could due to a variety of conditions like a balance issue or pain,” says Mindy McCleery, director of rehabilitation for Orchard Park Health Center. “These are some of the problems that therapists try to solve with bio-feedback tools that lead to changes in the brain and enable improved function,” she says.