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New Resource Topic: Neuroplasticity

20 Jul 2015

We're continuing to expand the Resources section of our website. The latest arrival there is a short article about neuroplasticity: the brain's ability to learn and change throughout life. Some people refer to this phenomenon as rewiring our brains.

The article draws on the work of scientists such as Professor Elaine Fox, Director of the Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience.

Why is ACSYL so excited about neuroplasticity? Because of the possibilities it opens up for everyone. Scientists used to believe that changes in the brain could only occur during early childhood, and once a person was past those formative years, their brain's physical structure was set for life. By contrast, recent research demonstrates that our brains are far more malleable and adaptable than was previously thought. Professor Fox points out that brand-new brain cells can be produced throughout life, even when we are old.

Many of us have grown up with unnecessarily low expectations. These need not restrict our horizons any longer.

If you'd like to read the article, go to the Resources section of the website, look for Flourishing and click on Neuroplasticity.