|Title: Brain Training: How to Train Your Brain Health with Neuroplasticity and Brain Plasticity|
Authors: David Douglas
Finished Date: 2019-04-17
Publishers: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 2016-02-12
Italian anatomist Michele Viceno Malacarne observed plasticity in animals
The animals’ cerebellums were larger if they were trained compared to those that were not
- 1890: term Neuroplasticity by William James
- 1923: Karl Lashley (rhesus monkeys) showed significant changes in the neuronal pathways.
- 1960s: high resolution microscopes were available
- Researcher Eleanor Magurie documented the changes in the hippocampal structures that are associated with learning among local taxi drivers in London.
synaptic pruning: the removal and recreation of individual neural connections in the brain based on how they are used
mechanism of neuroplasticity: Once the neurotransmitters are diffused across the synaptic cleft, they bind to the receptors and create another electrical signal on the post-synaptic neurons that will fire which causes the neurons to modify itself based on the strength of the existing synapse. The modification of the neurons is then called neuroplasticity
By definition, neuroplasticity
- is the change in the strength of the mature synaptic connections by the formation and elimination of synapses.
- involves the regrowth of new connections following an injury of the central nervous system such as stroke, for instance.
- Practice regularly: repeat enough to form circuit
- Don’t over exercise: Overexercise result to the new neural connections in other areas which may not be necessarily needed by the brain
- board games
- join debates
- take online courses
do physical activities
eat omega-3 rich fatty acid foods
increase the levels of molecules
- the brain derived neurotrophic factor (BNDF)
zinc: improve the cognitive function
regulate the plasticity of the synapses
protect the brain against free radicals
- chew gum