I like brains!! They do amazing things and we don’t understand them yet! Long live brains!!
For yonks we were told that what we were born with brain-wise was it. Lose it, or bits of it, and it’s gone forever. I witnessed firsthand that this is – simply put – not true. My mother had several episodes in her life where she lost memory, the ability to speak, read and write. And every time it happened, she recovered.
This can be explained by two concepts. Neuroplasticity and neurogenesis.
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to form new connections and pathways and change how its circuits are wired; neurogenesis is the even more amazing ability of the brain to grow new neurons (Bergland, 2017).
As we learn, we create new neural pathways in the…
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