A SELF-MORPHING DEVICE
The ability of the brain to absorb information, form new memories and learn new skills is dependent largely on genetic mechanisms that are in play within nerve cells. The mechanisms enable these cells to change their form, shape, size, connections and therefore their function.
The fact that brain nerve cells can lose information they capture is one of their greatest weaknesses – but their response to incidental accidents or long-term self-abuse also show-cases one of its greatest strengths. They are, in by themselves, self-learning, self morphing devices!
If you suffer a non-fatal stroke normally caused by heavy and continued stress, long-term obesity, excessive drug abuse or alcohol intake, for example, your brain is almost immediately starved of oxygen causing a wave of catastrophic death to your brain’s nerve cells.
In most cases, this leaves you paralysed and unable to speak. But within days, weeks or months, depending on the severity of your stroke and robustness of your brain, you start to regain some movement and the ability to speak. This is not a sign of those nerves you lost coming back to life. It is your brain rebuilding itself, creating new nerve connections and bypassing the damaged areas.
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BRAIN MASS MATTERS
We tend to think of the brain as being static or one that begins to degenerate once we reach adulthood. But research has shown evidence that it is possible for the brain to condition its own wiring system to operate more efficiently. Likewise, medical scientists are discovering that the brain can be influenced by large numbers of stimuli – ones found to increase the amount of brain matter.
But why wait for that unfortunate head injury accident or stroke to occur for an opportunity to rebuild your brain?