neu·​ro·​plas·​tic·​i·​ty | \ ˌnu̇r-ō-pla-ˈsti-sə-tē How to pronounce neuroplasticity (audio) , ˌnyu̇r- \

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Recent Examples on the Web There are clubs dedicated to veganism, sustainability, finding love, Nigeria, U.K. club music, investing, basketball, psychedelics, outer space, neuroplasticity, dog-lovers, astrology, and Tesla. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "Clubhouse Feels Like a Party," 31 Mar. 2021 Rizzo noted how the case demonstrates the principle of neuroplasticity. Rebecca Sohn, STAT, "With chronic migraines, she avoided light for 18 months — and developed a condition from centuries past," 22 Feb. 2021 That way there is no shame in anger, fear, sadness and instead the focus is on neuroplasticity and healing from past generations. Sarah White, Star Tribune, "A Moment of Silence: "6/80/20" by Sarah White," 21 Aug. 2020 Jeste noted that new cognitive and physical challenges spur neuroplasticity — the ability of brain cells to change — which can slow cognitive decline. Washington Post, "The way these older amateur athletes are staying fit despite the pandemic offers lessons for all ages," 25 June 2020 The stress wires in the emotional brain change through experience-dependent neuroplasticity – the brain learns to be resilient by being resilient. Laurel Mellin, The Conversation, "Want to stop the COVID-19 stress meltdown? Train your brain," 10 June 2020 The power of early intervention comes from the brain’s neuroplasticity, or ability to change. New York Times, "How do I know if my child is showing signs of autism?," 30 Apr. 2020 Research also increasingly shows that any individual’s brain development over a person’s lifetime is greatly influenced by neuroplasticity—the ability of brain cells to rewire over time. Marcia L. Stefanick, Scientific American, "Doctors Must Dig into Gender Difference to Improve Women’s Health Care," 1 Sep. 2017 When comparing relatively long-term dance interventions (of six and 18 months) to conventional fitness training, several studies have found improvements in attention and verbal memory and neuroplasticity in healthy older adults. Adrianna Mendrek, Quartz, "Dancing could treat depression and other brain diseases," 9 Dec. 2019

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Neuroplasticity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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neu·​ro·​plas·​tic·​i·​ty | \ ˌn(y)u̇r-ō-pla-ˈsti-sə-tē How to pronounce neuroplasticity (audio) \

Medical Definition of neuroplasticity

: plasticity sense 4 neuroplasticity, the capacity of the brain to develop and change throughout life, something Western science once thought impossible.Time, 8 May 2006

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