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Neuroplasticity

Author : Moheb Costandi
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The real story of how our brains and nervous systems change throughout our lifetimes—with or without “brain training.” Fifty years ago, neuroscientists thought that a mature brain was fixed like a fly in amber, unable to change. Today, we know that our brains and nervous systems change throughout our lifetimes. This concept of neuroplasticity has captured the imagination of a public eager for self-improvement—and has inspired countless Internet entrepreneurs who peddle dubious “brain training” games and apps. In this book, Moheb Costandi offers a concise and engaging overview of neuroplasticity for the general reader, describing how our brains change continuously in response to our actions and experiences. Costandi discusses key experimental findings, and describes how our thinking about the brain has evolved over time. He explains how the brain changes during development, and the “synaptic pruning” that takes place before brain maturity. He shows that adult brains can grow new cells (citing, among many other studies, research showing that sexually mature male canaries learn a new song every year). He describes the kind of brain training that can bring about improvement in brain function. It's not gadgets and games that promise to “rewire your brain” but such sustained cognitive tasks as learning a musical instrument or a new language. (Costandi also notes that London cabbies increase their gray matter after rigorous training in their city's complicated streets.) He tells how brains compensate after stroke or injury; describes addiction and pain as maladaptive forms of neuroplasticity; and considers brain changes that accompany childhood, adolescence, parenthood, and aging. Each of our brains is custom-built. Neuroplasticity is at the heart of what makes us human.

The Power of Neuroplasticity

Author : Shad Helmstetter Ph.d.
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In "The Power of Neuroplasticity," Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D., presents the scientific discovery that the thoughts we think physically rewire and reshape our brains and change our lives. Dr. Helmstetter shows how to use the latest research from the field of neuroscience to wire your brain to change attitudes, overcome negativity, improve health and fitness, reach personal goals, increase mental sharpness and clarity, improve usable IQ, super-charge your thinking and reshape your life, all with neuroscience on your side.

Neuroplasticity

Author : Moheb Costandi
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The real story of how our brains and nervous systems change throughout our lifetimes—with or without “brain training.” Fifty years ago, neuroscientists thought that a mature brain was fixed like a fly in amber, unable to change. Today, we know that our brains and nervous systems change throughout our lifetimes. This concept of neuroplasticity has captured the imagination of a public eager for self-improvement—and has inspired countless Internet entrepreneurs who peddle dubious “brain training” games and apps. In this book, Moheb Costandi offers a concise and engaging overview of neuroplasticity for the general reader, describing how our brains change continuously in response to our actions and experiences. Costandi discusses key experimental findings, and describes how our thinking about the brain has evolved over time. He explains how the brain changes during development, and the “synaptic pruning” that takes place before brain maturity. He shows that adult brains can grow new cells (citing, among many other studies, research showing that sexually mature male canaries learn a new song every year). He describes the kind of brain training that can bring about improvement in brain function. It's not gadgets and games that promise to “rewire your brain” but such sustained cognitive tasks as learning a musical instrument or a new language. (Costandi also notes that London cabbies increase their gray matter after rigorous training in their city's complicated streets.) He tells how brains compensate after stroke or injury; describes addiction and pain as maladaptive forms of neuroplasticity; and considers brain changes that accompany childhood, adolescence, parenthood, and aging. Each of our brains is custom-built. Neuroplasticity is at the heart of what makes us human.

Intertwined How to induce neuroplasticity

Author : Joaquin Farias
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What do these have in common? A soprano who can’t sing from a printed score, a violoncellist who can’t keep from crying while playing, a woman who can walk backwards but not forwards, a man who can’t move his hands unless he’s playing the violin, a priest who can’t say the words “you” or “we”, eyes that close, a dancer’s legs that refuse to dance, and a magician’s hands that move on their own. In this book, Dr. Farias shows how patients affected by a wide variety of disorders like writer's cramp, task-specific tremors, focal dystonia or perceptive illusions are trapped within the functioning of their own brains, which is producing illusions, leading them to display rigid behaviors and repetitive movements and thoughts. Every illusion has some bug or incoherency. When the patients are conscious of the errors in their illusions, the illusion breaks inducing a neuroplastic change that allows restored functional movement. By the way of insight, attention, awareness, imagination, movement and persistence, the patients whose cases are described in this book were able to break the illusion that was shackling them and reconstruct a new, accurate perception and proper function. Intertwined . How to induce neuroplasticity, defines how to treat these disorders through a different lens, considering patients as individuals with distinct background experiences and special needs. Intertwined is full of exercises, fMRI images and statistics that show how imagination, feelings, memories and movements can actually change the way our brain functions. This book sets a new and hopeful paradigm in the study of some disorders, which have, until now, been considered intractable disorders. This is the book that all patients must read and all practitioners should have. Are you living in a loop? It is time to break it.

Neuroplasticity Your Brain s Superpower Change Your Brain and Change Your Life

Author : Philippe Douyon MD
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Neuroplasticity: Your Brain's Superpower is a clear guide as to what is going on in our brains as we evolve, think, exercise, learn, adapt, and heal from various neurological illnesses. It is both a reference for how our brains work and the steps that we can take to experience some control over our neurological health.

Neuroplasticity and Neurorehabilitation

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Toward a Theory of Neuroplasticity

Author : Christopher A. Shaw
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This book provides a broad survey of many of the major areas in neuroplasticity research by leading investigators in the field. The topics considered range across all levels of nervous system organization from the molecular to behavioral levels for species ranging from C. elegans to humans. In addition, the effects of development and neuropathological events are discussed. A final summary chapter synthesizes the data gathered in this volume in order to provide the basis for a general theory of neuroplasticity.

Your Brain on Ink

Author : Kathleen Adams
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A growing body of neuroscience research has established the principle of neuroplasticity; a powerfully hopeful message that we can use our minds to change our brains in the direction of greater health and well-being. The key to shaping this change rests in how we direct and focus and our attention. In an easy-to-use workbook format this publication offers a strengths based, preventative, positive approach, grounded in neuroscience research, for creating a stronger sense of overall well-being. It contains more than 65 unique writing prompts and a facilitator’s guide with complete facilitation plans for 1-hour, 90 minutes and 2-hour groups.

Neuroplasticity

Author : Adrian Winship
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If you've always wanted to learn about the amazing breakthroughs people are currently accomplishing after integrating neuroplasticity in their lives AND how you can apply this exciting phenomenon to your life, then keep reading... Are you sick and tired of bad habits dictating your life? Have you tried endless other solutions but NOTHING seems to work for more than a few weeks? Do you finally want to say goodbye to trauma/PTSD and discover something which works for you? If so, then you've come to the right place! You see, practical applications of neuroplasticity to your life doesn't have to be difficult! Even if you know absolutely nothing about neuroplasticity! In fact, it's easier than you think. Studies on neuroplasticity conducted by Dr. Merzenich at The University of California at San Francisco have collectively demonstrated that many aspects of your brain power, intelligence, or control can be improved by intense and appropriately targeted behavioral training. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry states, "The brain, once considered to be a fixed and stable organ, is now viewed as dynamic, flexible, and adaptive. Efforts are beginning to focus on ways to harness the plastic qualities of the brain for treatment and recovery." Which means you can utilize principles of neuroplasticity to improve cognitive flexibility, eliminate depression, and so much more without experiencing any negative side effects and without spending a lot of money! Here's just a tiny fraction of what you'll discover: A crash course on what exactly neuroplasticity is and why you need to be excited about this astounding discovery! Why the most popular brain games on the market are actually ineffective and what you should be playing instead 12 interpersonal exercises you can execute immediately in your daily life to improve your cognitive flexibility without taking up a lot of your time How to change bad habits using neuroplasticity with 5 easy steps How neuroplasticity can be used to defeat addictions, phobias, insomnia and so much more! The simple yet effective 6-step process used by Cognitive Behavioral Therapists to stimulate neuroplasticity in the brain Why positive thinking may actually be hindering your progress and what you should be doing instead A FREE gift that I have personally used for my own healing that you can now take advantage of too! ...and much, much more! Take a second now to imagine how you'll feel once you conquer whatever ails you using the principles in this book and how your family and friends will react when they see the new you! So even if you've tried every self help program on the market, you can improve your life and start living with neuroplasticity! So, if you have a burning desire to start living life to the max then claim your copy now and make the greatest investment in yourself!

The Mind and the Brain

Author : Jeffrey M. Schwartz
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A leading researcher in brain dysfunction and a "Wall Street Journal" science writer demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the physical brain.

Neuroplasticity and Rehabilitation

Author : Sarah A. Raskin
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Brain plasticity is the focus of a growing body of research with significant implications for neurorehabilitation. This state-of-the-art volume explores ways in which brain-injured individuals may be helped not only to compensate for their loss of cognitive abilities, but also possibly to restore those abilities. Expert contributors examine the extent to which damaged cortical regions can actually recover and resume previous functions, as well as how intact regions are recruited to take on tasks once mediated by the damaged region. Evidence-based rehabilitation approaches are reviewed for a range of impairments and clinical populations, including both children and adults.

How People Change Relationships and Neuroplasticity in Psychotherapy Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology

Author : Marion Solomon
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Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience to understand psychotherapeutic change. Growth and change are at the heart of all successful psychotherapy. Regardless of one's clinical orientation or style, psychotherapy is an emerging process that s created moment by moment, between client and therapist. How People Change explores the complexities of attachment, the brain, mind, and body as they aid change during psychotherapy. Research is presented about the properties of healing relationships and communication strategies that facilitate change in the social brain. Contributions by Philip M. Bromberg, Louis Cozolino and Vanessa Davis, Margaret Wilkinson, Pat Ogden, Peter A. Levine, Russell Meares, Dan Hughes, Martha Stark, Stan Tatkin, Marion Solomon, and Daniel J. Siegel and Bonnie Goldstein.

Neuroplasticity Biology of Psychotherapy

Author : Dr Herman M Medow Ph D
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a trip through the history of searching for how to improve mental health and treat illness- treatment involves a division of labor- psychologists, social workers and counselors, provide "talking therapies" to help clients solve problems. "Biological Psychiatry" treats the problems of brain biology, usually with medications. Neuroplasticity is disrupting this arrangement along with decades of accepted wisdom about brain biology. Neuroplasticity is a process where the brain makes changes in its own internal biology. This happens with any learning experience. So called "talking therapies" always involve learning. They are more accurately described as "learning therapies" - with what we know about how learning affects the brain, these treatments also result in changes of brain biology. A study in the UCLA Psychiatry department demonstrated that designing learning experiences and applying principles of neuroplasticity corrected biological malfunctions in the brain, that are implicated in obsessive-compulsive disorder. with zero side effects. Studies of medicines focus on how these meds reduce symptoms of pathology in behavior and thinking. They are offered as biological therapies- yet, after more than six decades of research and clinical practice, it's tough to find evidence for an agent that actually fixes a biological brain glitch. The UCLA team also discussed what neuroscience teaches us about consciousness and how it affects the material biology of the brain- awareness is a very different part of reality from electrical and metabolic activity. Consciousness gives us the power to choose-free will. Self-directed neuro- plasticity happens when we choose to engage in a learning experience. What is going on in the firing of brain neurons and metabolic activity does affect how we feel, what we think and how we act. We also know that where we choose to direct our attention, and how we choose to act, affects the physical activity of the brain.

Neuroplasticity Your Brain s Superpower

Author : Philippe Douyon MD
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We live in a time in which more than 100 million Americans suffer from a neurological illness. Not only is that number expected to rise and the annual cost to care for people with neurological disorders expected to surpass 1 trillion dollars, but the impact of these illnesses on our lives is unlike any other. Neurological disorders affect every fiber of our being. They cause physical, psychological, emotional, and cognitive impairments. They rob us of our lives and families in a way that diseases of other organs can’t. Oftentimes it seems that we are helpless to do anything about it. But, what if that wasn’t true? Neuroplasticity: Your Brain’s Superpower empowers us to have a different relationship with our brains. Instead of just succumbing to whatever potential dysfunction, degeneration, or disease that may impact our nervous system, in this book we explore the ways in which we can give our brains exactly what they need to adapt, heal, and thrive. Neuroplasticity: Your Brain’s Superpower takes us on a journey through things that influence the evolution of our brains, including various diseases. Not only do we learn about these illnesses, but also about the potential healing that can take place after the injury. This book expands the conversation about brain health so that we can include the principles of neuroplasticity to help us take control of our neurological destinies.

The Stress Proof Brain

Author : Melanie Greenberg
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We can t avoid the things that stress us out, but we "can" change how we respond to them. In this breakthrough book, a clinical psychologist and neuroscience expert offers an original and comprehensive approach to help readers harness the power of positive emotions and overcome stress for good. The unique mindfulness exercises in this book provide a recipe for resilience, empowering readers to master their emotional response to stress, overcome negative thinking, and create a more tolerant, stress-proof brain."

Neuroplasticity and Its Dark Sides

Author : Aage Moller
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The second edition of the book "Neuroplasticity and its Dark Sides" stresses some less well-known aspects of neuroplasticity, namely that there are two kinds of neuroplasticity, one that is beneficial to a person and one that may be harmful. It also discusses that there are functions that can easily be changed through activation of neuroplasticity while other functions are more difficult to change or more or less "hard-wired." Activation of neuroplasticity is essential for learning new skills and adapting to changing demands, but neuroplasticity can also create symptoms and signs of common and widespread diseases such as chronic neuropathic pain and severe tinnitus. Such maladaptive neuroplasticity is also the primary cause of other plasticity disorders such as spasticity, and it may be involved, together with other factors such as the immune system, in the development of diseases such as fibromyalgia, the chronic fatigue syndrome and probably many other disorders. Understanding these dark sides of neuroplasticity is vital for treatment of many common diseases. Reversing such bad plastic changes would be an ideal treatment of many disorders if it could be done efficiently and with little adverse side effects. Another less well-understood property of neuroplasticity, namely that not all brain systems are plastic is also discussed in the book. The fact that attempts to change sexual preferences have been unsuccessful indicates that there are functions of some neural circuits that cannot be changed or are difficult to change. This means that there are neural circuits that are not plastic, but "hard-wired." Long-term memory and a person's personality are other examples of common functions that are stable during a person's life indicating that some very complex circuitry in the brain may be less plastic than earlier assumed. The failed success in the treatment of posttraumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) is another example of functions that are difficult to change. The book provides a comprehensive description of the basis for neuroplasticity in general. The ability to change the efficacy of synapses and the change in protein synthesis are discussed in detail. The role of "maladaptive plasticity" in the development of many disorders of the nervous system and how the understanding of neuroplasticity can benefit diagnosis and treatment of many diseases of the nervous system are other themes of the book.

The Adaptable Mind

Author : John Zerilli
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A familiar trope of cognitive science, linguistics, and the philosophy of psychology over the past forty or so years has been the idea of the mind as a modular system-that is, one consisting of functionally specialized subsystems responsible for processing different classes of input, or handling specific cognitive tasks like vision, language, logic, music, and so on. However, one of the major achievements of neuroscience has been the discovery that the brain has incredible powers of renewal and reorganization. This "neuroplasticity," in its various forms, has challenged many of the orthodox conceptions of the mind which originally led cognitive scientists to postulate hardwired mental modules. This book examines how such discoveries have changed the way we think about the structure of the mind. It contends that the mind is more supple than prevailing theories in cognitive science and artificial intelligence acknowledge. The book uses language as a test case. The claim that language is cognitively special has often been understood as the claim that it is underpinned by dedicated-and innate-cognitive mechanisms. Zerilli offers a fresh take on how our linguistic abilities could be domain-general: enabled by a composite of very small and redundant cognitive subsystems, few if any of which are likely to be specialized for language. In arguing for this position, however, the book takes seriously various cases suggesting that language dissociates from other cognitive faculties. Accessibly written, The Adaptable Mind is a fascinating account of neuroplasticity, neural reuse, the modularity of mind, the evolution of language, and faculty psychology.

Brains Breakthroughs and Beyond

Author : Foo Siang Mun
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Have faith, because there is hope…. What is the single most important thing you think about when you are blessed with a special needs child? Or when you face a life-changing condition such as a major sports injury or Parkinson’s or a stroke? Is there hope? Can my child break through his limitations? Can I recover? In this book of true stories and groundbreaking methods in neuroplasticity, the author shows us the impossible is possible. Foo Siang Mun shares her work in the new science of neuroplasticity and the lives she has transformed. She also introduces the combination of two profound philosophies, founded by Professor Reuven Feuerstein and Dr Moshe Feldenkrais – both lived during different times yet said the same thing, that the brain can change. In Brains, Breakthroughs and Beyond, Siang Mun talks about how our brains work, how the brain works in injuries and when born with conditions such as autism, Down Syndrome, etc. She shares her experiences and easy to implement (but powerful) methods in transforming the lives of her patients.

Homeostatic Control of Brain Function

Author : Detlev Boison
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Homeostatic Control of Brain Function offers a broad view of brain health and diverse perspectives for potential treatments, targeting key areas such as mitochondria, the immune system, epigenetic changes, and regulatory molecules such as ions, neuropeptides, and neuromodulators. Loss of homeostasis becomes expressed as a diverse array of neurological disorders. Each disorder has multiple comorbidities - with some crossing over several conditions - and often disease-specific treatments remain elusive. When current pharmacological therapies result in ineffective and inadequate outcomes, therapies to restore and maintain homeostatic functions can help improve brain health, no matter the diagnosis. Employing homeostatic therapies may lead to future cures or treatments that address multiple comorbidities. In an age where brain diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's are ever present, the incorporation of homeostatic techniques could successfully promote better overall brain health. Key Features include - A focus on the homeostatic controls that significantly depend on the way one lives, eats, and drinks. - Highlights from emerging research in non-pharmaceutical therapies including botanical medications, meditation, diet, and exercise. - Incorporation of homeostatic therapies into existing basic and clinical research paradigms. - Extensive scientific basic and clinical research ranging from molecules to disorders. - Emerging practical information for improving homeostasis. - Examples of homeostatic therapies in preventing and delaying dysfunction. Both editors, Detlev Boison and Susan Masino, bring their unique expertise in homeostatic research to the overall scope of this work. This book is accessible to all with an interest in brain health; scientist, clinician, student, and lay reader alike.

The Power of Neuroplasticity for Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Author : Kirk A. Bingaman
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Studies in neuroscience demonstrate that a focus on mindfulness meditation and contemplative spiritual practice has the capacity to increase our non-anxious awareness and significantly lower our stress. Not only is this finding of immediate importance for pastoral counselors and psychotherapists, it will even necessitate a paradigm shift in the way that pastoral and spiritual practitioners approach the general care of souls. The starting point for such a paradigm shift is an acknowledgement of the built-in negativity bias of the brain, and how certain beliefs and theological views may inadvertently reinforce the bias to the detriment of individuals and faith communities. Once necessary for human survival, the ingrained bias can often be excessive for today’s world, resulting in negatively disproportionate assessments of life events and human relationships. To balance the neural predisposition toward negativity and anxious awareness, it is necessary for pastoral and spiritual caregivers, and those in their care, to cultivate a regular contemplative-meditational practice. The Power of Neuroplasticity for Pastoral and Spiritual Care focuses on the groundbreaking finding of contemporary neuroscience—that the brain is built for change across the entire lifespan. It is designed to make the research accessible to and relevant for those engaged in the work of pastoral and spiritual care in order to help clients and congregants effect lasting and transformative changes in the mind and brain. Through the regular practice of contemplative prayer and meditation, we can literally calm the stress region of the brain in order to live less anxiously and experience more fully the peace and joy of the present moment. The introduction of mindfulness- and acceptance-based counseling approaches will provide pastoral and spiritual practitioners with an important therapeutic framework to situate their work, from which they can make more informed and effective interventions geared toward using the mind to change the brain.