The brains of infants and children are constantly developing new neural connections and mapping new territory to form all the brain patterns associated with voluntary action. The science of neuroplasticity has shown that the adult brain can also restructure itself under the right conditions. Neural connections in the brain are continuously either being created or deleted.
The more automatic, habitual or rigid we are in our thinking, movement and activities, the more we deepen our existing brain patterns and the further away we get from creating new connections and patterns. Over time our brains lose some of the unused connections - ‘synaptic pruning’. With injury to the brain, whether by trauma or stroke, we can lose function(s) in those areas that are injured.
The good news is that we now know through neuroscience, that we can regain lost function because of the plasticity of the brain. Neuroplasticity means that the structure of our brains and how we function is the result of our experiences and that by way of ‘experience’ we are able to change direction - learn, relearn, and gain function by forming new connections in our brains. By taking advantage of the potential of the brain to ‘rewire’ and create new connections, ABM can transform and redefine what is possible.
Dr Michael Merzenich & Anat Baniel Discuss
Brain Plasticity & Transformation