Neuroplasticity

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Neuroplasticity

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

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