"Don’t believe everything you think"
Neural plasticity, also known as neuroplasticity and by a variety of other names, is the changing of the structure, function and organization of neurons, or nerve cells, in response to new experiences.
For a long time, it was believed that as we aged, the connections in the brain became fixed. Research has shown that in fact the brain never stops changing through learning. Plasticity is the capacity of the brain to change with learning. Changes associated with learning occur mostly at the level of the connections between neurons.
New connections can form and the internal structure of the existing synapses can change.
Your brain is more flexible than we've ever thought before. It changes because it is constantly optimizing itself, reorganizing itself by transferring cognitive abilities from one lobe to the other, particularly as you age.
Our individual thoughts determine the structure of our brain and the steps that we will take out to lay down the path of our lives. Recognize your negative thoughts. Attach a positive thought to a negative one. Changes occur in brain wiring, modifying the strength of connections between neurons. The brain continually re-allocates and builds neural "real estate" according to new demands that are placed on it. It is now known that through repetition and practice of behaviours the brain changes. New neurons grow or connections between existing neurons are strengthened. If you practice a new skill, the area of the brain responsible will change. Recent research in neuroplasticity places new confidence and new hope in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for treating depression without medication.
As a result of neuroplasticity, people recover from strokes, overcome learning disabilities, free themselves of emotional conditions and train their minds for greater success. Neuroplasticity reveals that we have the power to rewire our brain by providing it with the right information and experience.