Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity is the name given to a natural process that happens in the brain. The process is the way neural networks literally physically change in response to sensory experiences, thinking, and emotional experiences.

What we now know is that it is possible to optimise the neuroplastic process in ways that

  • successfully remediate a whole range of difficulties and challenges which, until recently, were thought to be fixed and unalterable. For example Alzheimers, physical recovery from stoke
  • speed up the recovery process for many conditions such as anxiety, depression, a range of learning disabilities, brain injury
  • enhance performance arts and sport performance. For example golf shot accuracy

There are 5 features of experience that induce rapid neuroplastic change. They are

  • intense conscious focus
  • instantaneous performance feedback
  • an increasingly difficult challenge
  • frequent repetition
  • frequent practice exposure

We also know that positive neuroplastic change is enhanced by

  • good nutrition
  • adequate sleep
  • regular physical exercise
  • abdominal breathing
  • good social relationships

There are many references to published research, and links to other websites which give credibility to the statements on this page. By way of introduction to the burgeoning topic of neuroplasticity, a useful place to start is the work of Dr Norman Doidge and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Dr Daniel Siegel.

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