Plasticity. What does the word conjure for you? For me, it used to bring to mind a piece of saran wrap (what I call “fluid plastic” because it can bend and smush), but now it means something else a bit more powerful.
I am reading Norman Doidge’s book, The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. Doidge and his book have been referred to previously on Neurons Firing; just click on “plasticity” in the tag cloud at the right to reference three posts, one just a few days ago and the other two from spring of this year.
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to rewire itself, and this means that the brain – our intelligence – is not something fixed in concrete but rather a changing, learning entity. As I make my way through Doidge’s book, be assured there will be more posts to come on the topic. Meanwhile, you can listen to a lengthy interview with him on The Brain Science Podcast with Ginger Campbell.