Nueroplasticity: The Constantly Adapting Brain

Brains adapt in response to new information, sensory stimulation, development, damage, or dysfunction. 

Adult brains continue to develop based on new experiences, input and occasionally injury. This process of adaption is called Synaptic Pruning! Yes, our brain essentially sorts out what is needed or not (pruning it out) and rearranges our synaptic pathways to best use new information! 

Did you know that there is visual proof exercise can help the brain?Scientists can SEE more gray and white brain matter vs diseased brain tissue in those that exercise regularly! And there is also proof that exercise directly affects the hippocampus helping to prevent memory loss and even improving memory. Dr. Nocera will do a deeper dive into this body of research during this Wednesday’s Community Conversation. 

Too tired to exercise to help your brain today? SLEEP!! VeryWell Mindstates: Research has shown that sleep plays an important role in dendritic growth in the brain. Dendrites are the growths at the end of neurons that help transmit information from one neuron to the next. By strengthening these connections, you may be able to encourage greater brain plasticity.

– Kristin, Vivo Care Team