Neuroplasticity

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  • 1. Max Serfaty
    Teacher for a day
    Neuroplasticity: The Brain That Changes ItselfBy Norman Doidge
  • 2. The Basics of the Brain
    15-33 Billion neurons
    Control Center (Telephone)
    Modern Part (Thought, etc)
    Ancient Part (Reflexes, subconscious)
    Always changing
  • 3. What is neuroplasticity?
    “The property of the brain that allows it to change it’s structure and function in response to the environment.”
    Exists at all levels of the brain (in cells, genes, behavior)
    Think of clay!
  • 4. *Blindness
    *Love
    *Depression
    *surgery
    *Sexuality
    *Environment
    Examples of neuroplasticity
  • 5. Our brains are always changing and creating new paths. Neuroplasticity happens every day, and can be extreme, or minute
    So what is it?
  • 6. Use it or lose it!
    The brain can be reconstructed all the time.
    We need to excercise the skill, or we lose it
    Same with the body
    Science has impeded our understanding, mechanistic
  • 7. History
    Neuroplasticity is fairly recent, denied many times
    Leading researcher: Paul Bach-y-Rita
  • 8. CherySholtz
    Barbara Aerosmith
    Lost her sense of balance, a wobbler
    Perpetually falling
    Regained her balance by simple machines and training
    Many learning difficulties
    Inspired by papers, and rat experiments
    Learned to train her brain, instead of giving up
    Case studies
  • 9. Reverse Neuroplasticity
    Inactivity in a part of a brain, invaded by another, more active section
    Compensation, equality
  • 10. We need to train our brain everyday!
    We take this skill for granted
    Shorter attention spans, think of it!!
    In summary...