The truth is neuroplasticity does exist, and it does work, but it's not a miracle discovery that can turn you into a broccoli-loving, disease-immune genius - Will Storr


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Neural plasticity: don't fall for the hype

The fact that the adult brain is much more malleable or flexible than previously thought is certainly an important take-home message and perhaps even a liberating one. A richer, deeper, and more encompassing understanding of neural plasticity surely promises the possibility of a better world where people can recover from physical and emotional damage to their brains, and maybe even augment their capacities so as to allow for greater productivity, intelligence, or socialisation. But it is paramount, when looking at this phenomenon, to pay attention to the actual details of the research and not just extrapolate vaguely about ‘rewiring’ and its potential amazing applications. It is also important…

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 Neural plasticity: don't fall for the hype

‘Neural plasticity’ is by no means a recent discovery: evidence about it has been accumulating over the last century. So it isn’t surprising that neural plasticity has long been viewed (in both psychology and neuroscience) as an important property of the brain at all levels and across all species.


Neuroplasticity, also known as neural plasticity or brain plasticity, is a process that involves adaptive structural and functional changes to the brain. It is defined as the ability of the nervous system to change its activity in response to intrinsic or extrinsic stimuli by reorganizing its structure, functions, or connections after injuries, such as a stroke or traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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