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 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 Scientists at the University of Richmond and led by Dr. Kelly Lambert taught rats how to drive in order to study neuroplasticity, (the brain’s ability to change over time). Ashley Boucher,, "Scientists Taught Rats How to Drive Little Rat-Sized Cars & It May Have Implications for Human Health," 24 Oct. 2019 And that is what epigenetics and neuroplasticity are showing us. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Deepak Chopra Has Never Been Sick," 17 Oct. 2019 Academics and physicians have pondered the idea of neuroplasticity since the 1800s., "Marijuana makes your brain more plasticky, and that’s a good thing," 22 Aug. 2019 The most radical version of this argument comes from Fred Gage, a Salk Institute neurobiologist best known for pioneering studies in neuroplasticity, the adult brain’s ability to adapt. Quanta Magazine, "I Contain Multitudes," 21 Aug. 2014 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

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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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