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Brain Plasticity

20 Must-Know Facts To Harness Neuroplasticity And Improve Brain Health

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 06.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

Now, remember that what counts in terms of brain health is not reading this article, or any other, but practicing some healthy behaviors every day until small steps become internalized habits.

New Understanding and Hope for Children on the Autism Spectrum: Part 2

Anat Baniel | Posted 04.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

Three More Things You Can Do to Help Your Child With ASD In the previous article, Part 1, we discussed the importance of shifting from "fixing" to "c...

The Real Brain Game: Harnessing Neuroplasticity to Improve Our Lives

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 03.23.2017 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

In my mind, that's the real brain game. To find ways to harness our brain's lifelong neurogenesis (creation of new neurons) and neuroplasticity (how the brain changes itself responding to experience) to lead happier, fuller lives.

Are You Ever Too Old to Train Your Brain?

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 02.04.2017 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

The concept of plasticity is one that offers hope for those seeking to stem the tide in aging's effects on the brain. If your brain is "plastic," it m...

5 Reasons Why You Are Irreversibly Awesome

Lacey Johnson | Posted 11.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Lacey Johnson

Allow me to remind you of a few reasons why you're awesome, and why no one can take your awesomeness away from you. It has permanently crossed over into the realm of irreversible.

Scientists Boost Older Brains' Ability To Heal And Learn

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.22.2015 | Science

Can an old brain learn new tricks? The answer could soon be a resounding "yes." Scientists from the University of California at Irvine may have...

Beth Kephart On Why Living a 'Small Life' Is Big

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 06.16.2015 | Home
Annie L. Scholl

Beth Kephart is the award-winning, multi-genre author of 19 published books. Her latest, One Thing Stolen (Chronicle Books, $17.99), was released April 14.

Why I Oppose the Death Penalty: Redemption Is Always Possible, so Killing Is Always Wrong

Michael Shammas | Posted 04.19.2015 | Crime
Michael Shammas

The death penalty is about many things -- retribution, punishment, anger, a misguided desire for some illusory "cosmic balancing" of the scales of justice. Yet it is most about imagination.

Dare to Be 100: Old Brain, New Tricks

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

I used to be interested in the effect of aging on cognition in an objective sense, but now, at age 84, the issue becomes very close at hand. I frequently challenge my memory to be sure that I'm not losing it.

Why Human Brains Are Better At Learning

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.07.2014 | Science

One of the most amazing things about the human brain is neuroplasticity -- the brain's ability to reorganize and restructure itself with new knowledge...

Your Brain It Is a-Changin'

Jayatri Das | Posted 08.19.2014 | Science
Jayatri Das

There are more connections between the neurons in your brain than there are stars in the Milky Way. What makes those seemingly infinite connections fascinating, though, isn't just the sheer quantity of them. It's the fact that they're always changing, starting before you're born and continuing until you take your last breath.

There's an App for That: A Speech Language Therapist's Perspective

Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP

There are no shortcuts, even with the iPad, to learning language. Like anything else in life, it's a balance. As parents, teachers, and clinicians, we need to be responsible in how we choose to use technology to facilitate language and learning.

There Is Nothing Straight About the Spine: Post(ure) vs. Act(ure)

Anat Baniel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

Many of us have been told to stand up straight. However, there is nothing straight about the spine. When you look at the spine in profile, it has curves.

Transforming the Lives of Children and Adults With Cerebral Palsy

Anat Baniel | Posted 12.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

Treatments include stretching the muscles when they are spastic and short, stimulating them when they are not working powerfully enough, or implementing other direct mechanical interventions. This approach has often yielded limited and limiting results for the person with cerebral palsy.

Scoliosis: Go With the Curve -- How You Can Increase Your Flexibility and Strength and Reduce Pain Through Brain Change

Anat Baniel | Posted 08.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

Saturday, June 29, 2013, was the first International Scoliosis Awareness Day. It's a day to "create positive, public awareness about scoliosis, promot...

Dare to Be 100: Nature, Nurture, or Both?

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

I am a student of the Serenity Prayer, which teaches, "Change what you can, accept what you must, but know the difference." I like the idea that most of this option is up to us. Among my life choices, I choose to be active. Age does not disqualify me from this imperative.

Debunking 10 Brain Fitness and Brain Training Myths

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 05.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

"Brain age" is a fic­tion. Some brain func­tions tend to improve, and some decline as we get older. And there is con­sid­er­able vari­abil­ity across indi­vid­u­als, which only grows as peo­ple get older.

National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day: Stories of Hope and Transformation

Anat Baniel | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

In honor of National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, I want to share three stories about children and adults with cerebral palsy we have worked with, who have tapped into the incredible potential of their brain to change, transforming their lives in ways previously believed to be impossible.

Brain Injury Awareness Month: New Hope for the Brain-Injured Person

Anat Baniel | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. It is of great importance to raise the general awareness of the prevalence of brain injury, since even mild brain injury can have devastating impact on a person's life.

How Meditation Changes Our Brains

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 02.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

By using our attention during a mindful meditation, we are training our brain to become more and more connected to the current moment. This has the effect of allowing ourselves to see what's actually happening, without getting caught in our opinion of the situation.

Gabrielle Giffords And The Wonder Of Neuroplasticity

Robert Weller | Posted 07.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Weller

Neuroplasticity, also known as "cortical remapping," is a term for how the brain can find other ways to make things work when its usual pathways are destroyed or blocked.

Meditation: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

The old phrase, "Biology is destiny," will have to be seriously re-examined. A good replacement would be "Consciousness is destiny," which is the guiding reason that meditation arose in the first place.

Designing Your Mind

Don Tapscott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Don Tapscott

Why don't the schools and universities teach design thinking for thinking? We teach physical fitness. But rather than brain fitness we emphasize cramming young heads with information and testing their recall.

How the Brain Got Liberated

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Unlike almost every other organ, the belief about the brain was that healing didn't exist, so that once wounded or impaired, the damage was permanent. Now we know that's not true.