As you’re reading these words, your brain is shaping thoughts and images. You’re remembering and associating what’s being written with your experiences. You’re forming new networks of ideas that are encoded into your brain’s intricate circuitry. And it’s all part of brain plasticity, the phenomenon through which your brain continues to change throughout your life.
Brain plasticity is a concept discovered in recent years by neurobiologists, who traditionally thought that the brain was fully formed by adulthood. But in fact, it is life experiences that shape and mold the brain throughout the span of a human life and that influences the brain’s messengers, known as neurotransmitters. Which means you can increase your brain’s power by your own effort. All it takes is applying what you know about how the brain works to meet everyday challenges and about using the principles of brain operation to solve problems and learn new things.
Watch this lecture delivered by Dr. Richard Restak, Clinical Professor of Neurology at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.