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

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That's why a therapy that turbocharges this process of building back neuroplasticity after a stroke could be uniquely welcome. Melissa Healy,, "Could this drug help the brain recover after a stroke?," 6 Apr. 2018 Recovery interventions, such as food supplements and sleep, lead to increasing capacity and decreasing resistance from the body by reorganizing the biological signaling mechanisms, a process known as retrograde neuroplasticity. David Prologo, Washington Post, "There are real, and difficult, biological reasons why it’s hard to lose weight," 6 Jan. 2018 Antidepressants, for instance, are also known to increase neuroplasticity, the ability of neurons to change and adapt to what’s asked of them, and something that’s impaired in people with depression. Dean Burnett, The Cut, "Thinking Beyond the ‘Chemical Imbalance’ Theory of Depression," 11 Jan. 2018 That number improved by 33% after 10 sessions that included playing games aimed at increasing brain activity and neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to form new neural connections and recover from injury. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Clinic provides hope for athletes with brain injuries: 'This is going to be huge'," 3 Oct. 2017 Anu found the answer in the Eaton Arrowsmith Academy in Vancouver, which focuses on the neuroplasticity of the brain — essentially training the brain to function at a new level. Jane Francisco, Good Housekeeping, "Satya and Anu Nadella Open Up About Their Family Life," 27 Sep. 2017 This cellular regeneration is known as neuroplasticity. Rene Chun, Los Angeles Magazine, "Inside the Los Angeles Clinic That Uses Ketamine to Treat Depression," 19 June 2017 As the concept of adult neuroplasticity encroached on the dogma of critical periods, a new generation of neuroscientists seized on sensory-substitution devices as a valuable tool with which to probe human brain development and organization. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "Seeing with Your Tongue," 15 May 2017 The key to DARPA’s project is neuroplasticity, a field of study the military is trying to catch up on. Katie Drummond, WIRED, "DARPA to Map Monkey Brains," 28 Apr. 2009

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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