Learning How the Brain Learns…to Be More Resilient
The focus of the February 2018 posts will be the actual brain processes that allow us to learn more reliable habits of resilience. To begin, here are selected quotes about neuroplasticity, the remarkable capacity of our brains to grow new neural structure and create new behavior patterns – lifelong – through the experiences we choose to create that learning.
Neuroplasticity refers to the lifelong capacity of the brain to change and rewire itself in response to the stimulation of learning and experience. Neurogenesis is the ability to create new neurons and connections between neurons throughout a lifetime.
– The Sharp Brains Guide to Brain Fitness
Among other things, neuroplasticity means that emotions such as happiness and compassion can be cultivated in much the same way that a person can learn through repetition to play golf and basketball or master a musical instrument, and that such practices changes the activity and physical aspects of specific brain areas.
– Andrew Weil, Spontaneous Healing
Neuroplasticity research showed that the brain changes its very structure with each different acidity it performs, perfecting its circuits so it is better suited to the task at hand.
– Naveen Jain
Our minds have the incredible capacity to both alter the strength of connections among neurons, essentially rewiring them, and create entirely new pathways. (It makes a computer, which cannot create new hardware when its system crashes, seem fixed and helpless.)
Susannah Cahalan, Brain on Fire
Our brains renew themselves throughout life to an extent previously thought not possible.
– Michael S. Gazzaniga, director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara
Any person could, if so inclined, be the sculptor of his or her own brain.
– Santiago Ramon y Cajal, Advice for a Young Investigator
Because of the power of neuroplasticity, you can, in fact, reframe your world and rewire your brain so that you are more objective. You have the power to see things as they are so that you can respond thoughtfully, deliberately, and effectively to everything you experience.
– Elizabeth Thornton
An influx of new research explores how our brains do continue to change and how our very thoughts impact those changes. This natural tendency of our brains to rewire is called neuroplasticity, which can be influenced by both eternal and internal factors.
– Tina Hallis, Sharpen Your Positive Edge: Shifting Your Thoughts for More Positivity and Success
Everything having to do with human training and education has to be re-examined in light of neuroplasticity.
– Norman Doidge, The Brain That Changes Itself