Neuroplasticity – The ability of a changeable brain
What is neuroplasticity?
During my studies, I used to say, “Brain cells don’t grow back…” Thus it would also be impossible to change behaviour patterns or to recognise the brain’s self-healing power.
But as so often, the knowledge of today is the error of tomorrow. So also in connection with our brain.
In the past years it became obvious that our brain can even develop amazing self-healing powers.
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change itself.
Neuro – comes from neuron, nerve cell and plasticity from the ability to change.
The brain is able to influence the brain structure through thoughts and exercises. If I activate certain areas through this, the volume can increase at this point!
This realization led to revolutionary breakthroughs in medicine and science.
Studies in London led to the discovery of neuroplasticity. Taxi drivers had a large increase in neurons in the hippocampus because they had to learn the road network by heart. This was the first step towards rethinking an old fixed idea of an unchangeable brain.
A certain training strengthens the connection between already connected nerve cells and can even be taken over by others in case of loss of nerve cells.
The findings of neuroscience
An action results from an electrical impulse triggered by nerve cells. Whatever I think or do, these electrical impulses are sent. Each of these impulses will automatically activate hundreds of thousands of other nerve cells through existing wires.
The more complex the network of nerves we need for a skill, the less aware we are that we are doing it.
It’s an automatism inside our brain. Once a skill is learned, it feels normal to us as if it were nothing special. In truth, however, we have only trained for a long time.
- Each of our movements, each thought and each individual feeling is a precisely timed electrical signal, which runs through the nerve fibres and forms a cycle.
- The insulation of the nerves is the myelin. Every electrical cable needs insulation, otherwise it leads to short circuits. The strength of the transmitted signal, the speed and the accuracy depend on this myelin.
- The more often I use the same neuron circuit, the better the isolation around these nerve fibers, which leads to better functional performance.
In summary, this means that what I spend a lot of time on in training develops into a special skill.
But the most important thing about this is that you can train every change in your life that you want to achieve.
(By R. Douglas Fields, “White Matter Matters”, Scientific American (2008), p. 46.) – This is the birth of talent!!! The excuse: “I can’t do that.” therefore no longer applies.
One wish or only the idea is not enough. The prerequisite for the development of the ability is training. The circuit in the brain must lead to electrical activity.
By the way: Myelin consists of 70% fat. If there is too little fat in the body, the myelin insulations will also lose this fat at some point. Everyone can imagine the consequences of this.
Once a circuit exists, i.e. an ability or habit. If it is not dismantled so quickly.
The only way to build up another habit is to practice it permanently. Until the circuit to be rebuilt becomes more electrically stimulated than the old one.
This opens up new possibilities of therapy.
One of them is the use of brainwaves. Here with the help of music certain brain areas are stimulated to work and others in turn are reduced in their activity.
If I now combine this with my thoughts and activities, I can reach my desired goal more quickly.