Sitting here listening to Sharon’s KU Online Conference Presentation on Neuroplasticity.
Asking the question: can the brain change significantly?
Old paradigm is mechanistic.
New paradigm is organic. (my word)
External, sensory stimuli
- 1980 – Research on stroke patients. Regaining movement after the normal accepted recovering
- Gray matter increased on brain scans – new brain cells created.
- Violin Players, More practice increased motor “cortex”
- Visual Cortex takes up 1/3 of brain. For blind people, that part of the brain “finds something else to do.”
- Dyslexia: first thought of as visual. But it was thought that it may be “hearing” issue. “Unable to hear explosive sounds.” How to overcome. Solution: keep training, over and over. Draw out sounds. Redrew the audio cortex. “Doesn’t work for every dyslexic b/c of different root problems.”
Internal, mental stimuli
- Similar to buddhism.
- “A constantly evolving stream”
- “As we act, so shall we become.”
- Can thoughts “act back” on the physical? Dali Lama’s question.
- “The mind can change the brain.” -SB
- Piano Experiement: 1) Real and 2) practiced mentally; magined playing. Both increased motor cortex.
- Visualization. “There is something to that.”
- “Mindfulness” Observe yourself. Step outside yourself. (OCD Patients and “mindfulness” experiment. “It’s not me, it’s my brain.” Brain imaging showed decreased activity in the “overstimulated” areas of the brain.
- Works in depression
- Works with ADHD
- Also works in non-pathological contexts.
GREAT QUESTIONS at the end of the session!
This is definitely a session to watch if you weren’t there. Will upload link when it is released.