What is Neuroplasticity?
Neuroplasticity is basically our brain’s ability to change over time through altering and gaining neuronal connections. Neuronal connections within our brain change over time as a result of new learning experiences and changes within our environment (Pinel & Barnes, 2021) Those who work in education may have heard the term “growth mindset” which became a popular way of simplifying neuroplasticity.
A Positive Concept
Neuroplasticity is good news for those of us who hope to grow and strengthen our abilities in particular areas. It is never too late for adults to gain new skills! For example, I know very little about coding, a hobby and form of work that my husband is highly interested in! However, over time, through repeated practice, I can alter the neuronal connections in my brain and improve my coding knowledge and abilities. Additionally, I am a terrible dancer; however, if I practice my dancing skills, I will see small improvements that will eventually accumulate, as additional connections form and strengthen within my brain over time.
Practice doesn’t make perfect, but it can certainly lead to improvements and further confidence! 🙂 So in which area would you like to form new neuronal connections?
Pinel, J. P. J., & Barnes, S. J. (2021). Biopsychology (11th ed.). Pearson Education.