Our Amazing, changing Brains

Source: “Brain Plasticity:  How learning changes your brain” by Dr. Pascale Michelon 

The human brain has the amazing ability to reorganize itself (plasticity) by forming new connections between brain cells (neurons). This ability is called neuroplasticity.

Some examples of when neuroplasticity occurs in the brain include the following:

  • At the beginning of life, when the immature brain organizes itself
  • When brain injury occurs, to compensate for lost functions or to maximize remaining functions
  • Throughout adulthood whenever something new is learned and memorized

Factors affecting our brain’s plasticity include genetic factors, the environment we live in and our actions. Neuroplasticity allows brain activity associated with a function to move to a different location as the result of normal experience, brain damage or recovery. Our brains compensate for damage by reorganizing and forming new connections between intact neurons. In order to reconnect, the neurons need to be stimulated through activity.

Research shows that the brain never stops changing through learning. When you become an expert in a specific domain, the areas in your brain that deal with this type of skill grow. For example, the left inferior parietal cortex of the brain is larger in people who are bilingual than in people who only speak one language. Gray matter volume is also higher in musicians than in non-musicians, etc.

If you are interested in growing your brain, Optiminds can help you improve your cognitive skills—the underlying brain skills that make it possible for us to think, remember and learn.

Optiminds is a tutoring company service in Southfield Michigan. Working with students of all ages in Metro Detroit, West Bloomfield, Bingham Farms, Redford, Huntington Woods and more.  We are a professional tutoring service featuring Reading Tutoring, Summer Tutoring, ACT Review Classes, Academic Tutoring and Dementia Help.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has been helping to improve the study, reading and cognitive skills of clients of all ages. Find out more about Optiminds brain fitness programs and cognitive skills training by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or email us at: jstewart@optimindsct.com. And be sure to visit our website at www.optimindsct.com.

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