What is Neuroplasticity?

– Neuroplasticity is the Future.

 

Neuroplasticity is the process by which a Brain remembers new tasks, functions and ideas – it is not a fixed entity but something can that be trained managed or encouraged to greater capacity and efficiency

 “Neuroscience can inform your approach to performance, bias, learning and leadership. ”

Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, is an umbrella term that encompasses both synaptic plasticity and non-synaptic plasticity—it refers to changes in neural pathways and synapses which are due to changes in behaviour, environment and neural processes, as well as changes resulting from bodily injury.

Neuroplasticity has replaced the formerly-held position that the brain is a physiologically static organ, and explores how – and in which ways – the brain changes throughout life.

The role of neuroplasticity is widely recognized in healthy development, learning, memory, and recovery from brain damage. During most of the 20th century, the consensus among neuroscientists was that brain structure is relatively immutable after a critical period during early childhood. This belief has been challenged by findings revealing that many aspects of the brain remain plastic even into adulthood.

Decades of research have now shown that substantial changes occur in the lowest neocortical processing areas, and that these changes can profoundly alter the pattern of neuronal activation in response to experience. Neuroscientific research indicates that experience can actually change both the brain’s physical structure (anatomy) and functional organization (physiology). Neuroscientists are currently engaged in a reconciliation of critical period studies demonstrating the immutability of the brain after development with the more recent research showing how the brain can, and does, change.

Or if you prefer:

 “Neuroplasticity is a process by which a brain learns or acquires new skills, thought processes or emotions. It is a useful indication of both mental capacity and future potential. The process can be encouraged or nurtured. Hence the interest of the Training industry both here and in the USA.”

In a Business Week article John R Ryan President Center for Creative Leadership, assets that

“The burgeoning field of neuroscience—the study of the nervous system and the brain—has gone mainstream. The race is on to translate its insights into practical applications at work.“

The American Society for Training and Development say

” it is important to recognize and consider the role of human neuroscience in how we think and act.“

Cipd – the professional body of HR and people development say

“The neuroscience of leadership is rapidly breaking new ground in leadership training, deepening our understanding of how the brain works and how to maximise our potential to improve effectiveness at work and build better relationships. Ultimately, better knowledge about our own and others’ brains helps to inform a wide range of interpersonal skills, as well as project planning and management practices, that have a positive impact on organisational performance and aid the creation of an agile learning organisation.“

Current trending styles in the USA seem to point the way and American Industry is beginning to realise that understanding how our minds function and being able be in control of our thought processes is a prerequisite to learning process, methods and procedures. The sea change is beginning to change the way businesses manage and train worldwide. Neuroscience is earning its rightful place in the management armoury.

The advent of the fMRI machine means we can now follow exactly what is happening in the brain report on where neural activity takes place and how the brain reacts to stimuli. We understand the body and the brain are one whole system and that they affect each other. When either the mind or body are stressed in any way the effect is felt by both.  Together with the considerable developments in psychology since Napoleon Hill wrote his masterpiece in 1937 we know very much more about the brain and how it functions how our subconscious processes our reactions to stimuli, the biochemistry which drives our behaviour and how we can take control.

We are learning that the brain is a living growing organism which can continue to grow and develop over its lifetime and even repair damage, rebuilding abilities which have been destroyed by illness of physical trauma. We are learning how beliefs and behaviour patterns are laid down and how we can change lifelong habits remarkably easily and quickly when we are aware of the mechanism which etches them into our subconscious.

With psychology you have focus, direction and motivation.

With neuroplasticity you have management, resources and growth. The combination is unstoppable.

Neuroplasticity is the future.

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