How Does Neuroplasticity Work Csulb?
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. This amazing ability allows the brain to adapt and change in response to experience. Neuroplasticity occurs in response to changes in:
The individual’s behavior
Thoughts and emotions
Neuroplasticity has been shown to occur at any age, from infancy through adulthood. It helps us recover from stroke and other injuries, learn new skills, and overcome challenges like chronic pain and depression.
How Does Neuroplasticity Work?
Neuroplasticity occurs when neurons (nerve cells) are stimulated. This stimulation causes changes in the brain that allow the individual to adapt and learn new things. The changes that occur with neuroplasticity include:
Altering the structure of neural connections (called synapses)
Creating new neural connections
Eliminating existing neural connections
These changes can be temporary or permanent, depending on the level of stimulation and the individual’s age and abilities. For example, infants’ brains are highly plastic and easily develop new neural connections. In adults, neuroplasticity occurs in response to learning new information or skills. With practice, these new neural connections become permanent.