The term Neuroplasticity is derived from the root words Neuron and Plastic. A neuron refers to the nerve cells in our brain. Each individual neural cell is made up of an axon, dendrites, and is linked to one another by a small space called the synapses. The word plastic means to mold, sculpt, or modify. Neuroplasticity refers to the potential that the brain has to reorganize by creating new neural pathways to adapt, as it needs.
We all have very different behaviours and thoughts today than we did 20 years ago. This shift is neuroplasticity in action; changes in brain structure and organisation as we experience, learn, and adapt
Neuroplasticity is the ‘muscle building’ part of the brain; the things we do often we become stronger better at, what we don’t use fades away. That is the physical basis of why making a thought or action over and over again increases its power. Eventually it becomes automatic, a part of us; we become what we do.
Neuroplasticity is at work throughout life. Connections within the brain are constantly becoming stronger or weaker, depending on what is being used. Younger people change easily; their brains are very plastic. As we age change doesn’t come as easily; the brain loses some of its plasticity and we become more fixed in how we think, learn, and perceive.
Since the brain is pivotal to all we think and do, by harnessing our own neuroplasticity we can improve everything we do and think. Neurofeedback works with these fundamental principles of neuroplasticity to help you make the changes you are looking for.
Companies Specializing in Neuroplasticity Software
The Scientific Learning Company has several software programs specifically designed to help improve the learning potential of students with learning difficulties. Scientific Learning’s software programs use exercises to help strengthen students weaker cognitive functioning areas. These programs are designed to create positive neuroplastic changes in the deficit areas of the child’s brain. Scientific Learning’s most famous program is called Fast ForWord.
Posit Science also develops software programs to strengthen target areas of the mind using exercises that are designed to create neuroplastic changes in the brain. The software that Postit Science designs is targeted at the adult segment of the population that may want to strengthen cognitive areas that they feel are not as sharp as they used to be due to normal age declining cognitive functioning. This company’s three most popular programs are Brain Fitness Program, Insight Brain Fitness, and Drive Sharp.
Cogmed’s learning software for people with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The company’s programs target three different age groups that have problems with ADD. Cogmed JM is for pre-schoolers, Cogmed RM is for school-age children, and Cogmed QM is for adults. The software creates neuroplastic changes that are aimed at improving user’s working memory.