1. Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change and adapt continuously during a lifetime.
The brain isn’t fixed, but more like a muscle that strengthens and weakens over time, responding to what we do with it.
2. The more we challenge the brain, the more its long-term cognitive functioning is enhanced.
When we learn something new or challenge the brain in a new way, it creates new neural pathways. If this is done regularly enough over time, neural networks in the brain are enhanced, thus improving its overall performance.
3. Unlike the heart and lungs that are mechanical organs that flex, retract, inhale, exhale in accordance with conditions imposed on them, the brain is a dynamic organ.
It moulds and adapts its performance in response to stimuli. How optimal the brain performs depends on the regularity of stimuli imposed on it, which either restricts or harnesses its potential.
4. Brain training is just the mainstream translation of brain plasticity.
5. The behavioural explanation of neuroplasticity is the ability to learn and memorise new things.
The brain’s level of plasticity peaks as babies, when the demand to learn new things is at its highest. As we get older, brain plasticity can be associated with the likes of reaching one’s potential over time, setting new challenges, overcoming challenges, immersion in exciting new experiences, and deciding, learning or developing. These are all continuous states of change and mental dispositions innate to human existence.
6. Striving, adapting and becoming stronger, are all offspring traits of the same survival of the fittest model that sparked our beginnings, and will determine our future.
7. How able a species is at adapting to change, is the sole most important measure of its persistence into the future.
This can be determined by how malleable, dynamic and spontaneous a species’ most prominent organ or muscle is at adapting to changes in surroundings.
8. The ability for the brain to create new neural pathways that didn’t exist prior (thus changing its structure) to adapt to new experiences and acquire new habits, reveals a potential packed with promising evolutionary implications.
The brain can create new neural pathways until the day we die, and the more neural pathways we create, means the more responsive we can be to change, and the more conducive we are to a life of wellness, happiness and vigorous longevity that will ensue.