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Rewiring Our Brains May Be Possible, But How to Do It?
Dr. Patricia A. Farrell -- Psychologist Dr. Patricia A. Farrell -- Psychologist
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Dateline: Tenafly, NJ
Wednesday, November 1, 2023


The human brain has the potential for many things, and one appears to be not only to increase connections but to rewire itself for additional benefits.

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In psychology and neuroscience, neuroplasticity—the brain’s extraordinary ability to adapt and change—has grown to be a fascinating topic of research and conversation. This phenomenon casts doubt on the long-held notion that the structure and functions of the brain are fixed and unchangeable. Neuroplasticity shows us that the brain is a dynamic, flexible structure that can change, grow, and get better through our lives. Some of the requirements are dependent on genes, but we also have power over it, and we can use that power for improvement in its structure. Isn’t it reassuring when myths like this are shown to be false?

The brain can reshape itself through the formation and reinforcement of new neural connections, which is the basis of neuroplasticity. We can learn new things, heal from wounds or painful experiences, and adjust to new situations thanks to this process. Imagine the brain as an intricate system of roads and highways, where each link between neurons signifies a pathway. Information can move more easily along this complex network of roadways because neuroplasticity makes it possible to build new ones and widen the ones that already exist.

The fact that neuroplasticity does not depend on a person’s developmental stage is among its most amazing features. It persists until adulthood and into old age, although it is most noticeable in childhood when the brain is still growing and learning. This implies that humans are capable of actively rewiring our brains to promote mental health, improve cognitive function, and adjust to the constantly shifting demands of our existence. Don’t consider yourself over the hill at any age; keep pushing ahead.

Analyzing the function of synapses—the tiny spaces between neurons where communication takes place—is essential to comprehend the mechanisms underlying neuroplasticity. The strength of these synaptic connections can vary when we take on new tasks or acquire new abilities. Part of this strengthening is our utilization of certain pathways, such as when we engage in familiar habits.

Do you know what happened when you first learned to type? Your brain exploded with activity to quickly take this skill into physical consideration and push through new connections. Keep practicing, and the brain keeps building.

And one thing many people don’t know is that we never truly “forget” anything. You could compare this to old roads no longer taken, but re-engaging in activity can open them up and “repave” the connections for current use. This exhibits the brain’s capacity to adjust to our experiences by becoming stronger with regular usage or weaker with neglect. The process is often referred to as redintegration.

There is a plethora of empirical evidence that supports the theoretical concept of neuroplasticity. With the use of brain imaging technologies like positron emission tomography (PET) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), scientists can now see how the brain changes structurally and functionally in response to different stimuli. Through learning to play an instrument, healing from brain trauma, or even conquering mental health issues, these studies have shed light on the brain’s capacity to rewire itself.

The vast implications of neuroplasticity provide opportunity and optimism for people who want to improve many elements of their lives and grow personally. We can utilize the inherent “pattern generators” that kick in when we need them, but almost without our effort. It emphasizes continuous education, mental exercise, and fortitude in the face of difficulty. Furthermore, it motivates us to investigate how we might utilize this intrinsic capacity to enhance our mental well-being, hone our cognitive skills, and eventually contribute to a more promising and adaptable future.

We can avail ourselves of useful strategies to actively engage in rebuilding our brains in a way that supports well-being and personal development. What can we do?

The steps we can all begin to take to help ourselves now and in the future include:

  1. Continuous learning involves novelty, whether it’s a course online, at the local community college, or in any group. Learning is truly powerful in terms of brain rewiring. Allow your curiosity to be your guide, and if you’ve always found math or chemistry confusing, tackle it with free tutorials on places like Khan Academy or YouTube.com, where a wealth of learning awaits you.
  2. Exercise plays a key role in maintaining your muscles, but there are as-yet-unknown connections between muscles and glands that promote brain changes.
  3. Practice meditation on a regular basis. Rigorous research has shown involvement in this activity and neuroplasticity.
  4. Get enough sleep, and don’t think trying to skimp here is going to be in your best interest.

Four simple steps may be all that is needed to increase your brain’s capacity to deal with the unimaginable stresses coming our way now or in the future. Why not prepare now, just as you would put money in your accounts for the future or retirement?

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