|Feb11-11, 10:02 AM||#1|
What is brain plasticity?
Ok I read the definitions. I think it is how the brain learns from mistakes, and remembers stuff and rewires itself. But I would still like to get someone's else's opinion on this. Thanks
|Feb11-11, 07:28 PM||#2|
Usually when you're talking about neuroplasticity, you're talking about the ability of certain brain areas to take over functions of the brain that have been damaged.
As an extreme example, you can actually remove an entire hemisphere of the brain in early life, and the remaining hemisphere will take over most of the functions of the missing hemisphere. You can't do this with adults. As the brain ages it specializes based on which neurons are used. The ones that aren't used actually undergo apoptosis and die. Therefore brain plasticity reduces with age.
In a general sense, though, neuroplasticity could refer to any ability for the brain to change from experience.
|Feb12-11, 12:39 AM||#3|
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