• Neuroplasticity

    Neuroplasticity

    The brain is a truly amazing thing. It weighs only about 3 pounds, but it has over 80 million neurons and over 100 trillion connections between those neurons.

    These connections are important because when we learn and repeat new tasks the brain creates connections between neurons. The more we repeat the task, the stronger the connections become. Over time, these connections fire automatically – it is how habits are formed. This process is called neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to change and adapt based on it’s current experience.

    This is great when you are learning a new language or a new task at work or starting a new exercise routine. But it’s not so great when we create and strengthen unhelpful or even damaging habits. Self-critical thinking, emotional reactivity, and even anxiety can become hardwired into our brains, as well.

     


     

    Take a look at the video below from Sentis.

    It is a great way to visualize the process of neuroplasticity.

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