Focus Point 3: Neuroplasticity
Is neuroplasticity of the brain a pseudo-science? If you look at the facts alone, neuroplasticity is well-documented in neuroscience research. In the past, people thought the brain was in a form of stasis, not changing and rooted in its connections. When neuroplasticity was first proposed, it was not widely accepted.
Neuroplasticity means the brain has the ability to change in a "plastic" manner. This is a general definition. There are many different types of plasticity.
Example 1: the synapses in your brain are constantly changing their connections. This is the basic level of neuroplasticity. Synapses are reprogrammed in response to environmental stimuli and thoughts. So, the brain is constantly changing itself.
Example 2: Synapses can change their strength. With more use, a synapse is strengthened through various ways. Also, the strength of a synapse can be weakened. Long-term potentiation and long-term depression are very well documented.
So, neuroplasticity itself, is a real phenomenon. Now, some researchers may exaggerate claims or use this concept to validate any type of treatment and that is where a consumer needs to be wary. But, our brains are flexible and ever-changing.
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