What is it for? Enabler
Enables hope for change.
What is it?
Research has found that the brain can change over time. This change in the brain is called neuroplasticity.
Neurons are the fundamental building blocks of the brain. Neurons transmit information to other nerve cells, muscles and glands. Neuro pathways, connections between the neurons, are used every time you do something, think or feel.
When we learn something new, new neuro pathways are created. When we stop doing an activity, the existing neuro pathways for that activity will become weaker. Through doing our brains are continually adapting. We are continually re-wiring our brains.
Neuroplasticity is the brains’ ability to continually adapt or change.
There are two main types of neuroplasticity.
- Structural neuroplasticity – where the strength of the connections between the neurons changes.
- Functional neuroplasticity – the permanent changes in neuropathways due to learning and development.