For a long time it was thought that intellect and intelligence were innate. That the brain and how this organ developed was already established at birth. Nothing turns out to be less true: the brain can indeed adapt.
Much neurological research in recent times has shown that the brain develops and adapts over the course of its life. Everyone has an approximately similar brain at birth, but throughout life the brain and its development adjusts itself to life and experience. We call this “neuroplasticity.”
According to Dr. Norman Doigde, the discovery that our brain is “plastic” and subject to change, is the discovery of more than 400 years of neurological research. The brain is in fact influenced by our sensory perceptions, actions and even our thoughts and imaginations. However, the adjustment does not happen immediately, a long process precedes this.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The brain has the capacity to make new connections between neurons (brain cells). This allows the brain to reorganize itself. Millions of neurons die every day, so the brain must constantly renew itself with new cells. Neuroplasticity is therefore a continuous ongoing process in your brain.
However, external factors, such as how you live, do influence the extent and intensity of neuroplasticity. For example, a child who goes to school and learns a lot of new things creates a lot of new cells in brain areas for language and math skills.
Research has shown that even older people (50+) are constantly producing new neurons. It is therefore not the case that this process stops with aging. Even seniors often create new brain cells and europlasticity is the cause of this.
The brain in the elderly is a bit different than in younger people because the brain has already adapted several times. Seniors also use their brains slightly differently. In other words; the elderly do indeed produce new neurons, but to a lesser extent.
The brain also wears out as you get older. Fortunately, you can compensate for this. Neuroplasticity ensures that certain areas of the brain that are damaged or outdated are taken over by other areas. For this reason, older people often use multiple areas for one particular action, while young people can solve the same actions with one brain area.
This fact is not just relevant to neurologists and psychologists when it comes to the aging brain. It also provides insight into new treatment methods for people with problems or diseases of the brain such as ADHD, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s. Behavioral and learning problems can also be better identified through neuroplasticity research.
To stimulate neuroplasticity it is very wise to keep your brain active. A good way is to put your brain to the test every day by playing all kinds of brain exercises and games that keep your brain sharp. Scientists have concluded that neuroplasticity can keep the brain healthy and vital through active mental training.
Source: https://www. Gezondheidsnet.nl/hersenen-en-heugen/hoe-neuroplasticiteit-je-brein-vernieuwt