the brain can change

Discussion in 'Human Potential, Self Discovery' started by Mimsey Borogrove, May 13, 2018.

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  1. Mimsey Borogrove

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    This video is really interesting - it goes in to the plasticity of the brain and how it can change. One of the examples in the video is a man overcoming his pain stemming from his phantom arm - it had been amputated after a horrific motorcycle accident. How it can morph to do new tasks.

    As we age - the brain is losing functions - this is paints a picture of how one can overcome it.


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  2. Mimsey Borogrove

    Mimsey Borogrove Crusader

    A point on how this works that was brought up in the video - the narrator says that the brain tends to follow certain neural pathways. The driving concept is to get the brain to use an alternative pathway. In the case of a man who had a stroke - they would put a restraint on his workable arm. Then on a super low gradient get him to use the stroke affected arm. Over days of gradient repetition of various movements the brain began to use different pathways to work the arm, bypassing the portion of the brain the stroke had destroyed. Eventually they regained full use of the stroke affected arm.

    The plasticity of the brain is not some OT ability, it is a native function of the brain.

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  3. Churchill

    Churchill Gold Meritorious Patron

    Hmm... very interesting.
    Hubbard seemingly devalued and dismissed the human brain, IIRC.
    Yet it would seem that neuroplasticity, much like the internet, was apparently a somewhat occluded area of Hubbard’s otherwise flawlessly impressive whole track recall.
    Or maybe he was just full of shit.
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