Definition of Neuroplasticity: What Does Neuroplasticity Mean

Definition of Neuroplasticity: What Does Neuroplasticity Mean

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Neuroplasticity (or brain plasticity) is the ability of the brain to reorganize and transform itself while learning or being exposed to new experiences.

It was once thought that our brain could only change until adolescence (from 13 till 19 years of age) and then remain in the same condition till the rest of our life.

Now it’s proven that it actually can change through learning and experiences.

One of the examples of neuroplasticity is the language learning experience.

Once we stop using a language on a regular basis, we eventually lose our vocabulary and skills.

Have you ever experienced this?

Why does it happen?

When you start learning new words and/or a new skill, new pathways are shaped between your neurons (units of the brain).

The more you practice and use your new knowledge, the stronger the connections between neurons become.

At some point, these pathways are so well-travelled that you use this skill on autopilot.

For instance, you don’t need to think as to what to use after ‘he’ or ‘she’ or you omit ‘b’ in the word ‘doubt’ automatically.

Once we stop using a language on a daily basis, the connection between neurons weakens and eventually we lose the skill of speaking this language.

Luckily, there’s a way to rewire (reconnect) them again by getting back to learning and using the language.  This is neuroplasticity in action.

 

It applies to any skill – from learning a new language to learning programming.

The discovery of our brain’s plasticity has changed the whole perspective of how we learn and what’s possible for a human to achieve at any age.

In other words, we can learn new things even when we become older.

If you are intrigued by the word neuroplasticity, check out some more resources on neuroplasticity I have shared below.

Now it’s your turn!

Once you have finished reading, share your definition of neuroplasticity in the comments.

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Additional resources about neuroplasticity:

Definition of Neuroplasticity in Wikipedia
What is Neuroplasticity? Video 

Neuroplasticity explained by Sentis. Video 

Neuroplasticity usage on Youglish
Vocabulary Challenge Quiz: Neuroplasticity

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