NEUROPLASTICITY

The brain's ability to change continuously with experience

With every thought and emotion, neurons (the electrically active cells of our brains) shape new connections or break old ones.  A fundamental tenet of neuroscience is that 'neurons that fire together, wire together'.  Repetition increases the power of the newly created connections and this influences behavior.  At any moment, we experience the world through the lens of our habitual brain activity.  Habits are nothing but the preferential activation of strong connections, repeated often enough.  The good news is that we can reinforce what we want and break what we don't.  This ability of the brain to change continuously with experience is neuroplasticity.

As we age, changes are more difficult because of the sheer number of habitual responses, but even so, not impossible.  Neuroplasticity is on our side at any age. Neurofeedback works based on the principle of neuroplasticity, letting you create new avenues of brain activity at any age.

Watch Dr. Lara Boyd describe neuroplasticity at a TedX talk

Watch a video on neuroplasticity-based balance and vision rehabilitation research that Dr. Metea participated in.