Neuroplasticity

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Simplified definition

The ability of the brain to adapt to life experiences, recover from injury, and contribute to a person’s well-being no matter their age by forming new connections between the neurons.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“[…] The ability of the nervous system to change its activity in response to intrinsic or extrinsic stimuli by reorganizing its structure, functions, or connections.”

Source: Mateos-Aparicio P, Rodríguez-Moreno A. The Impact of Studying Brain Plasticity. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. 2019;13:66.

Context

“The functional implication of neuroplasticity is that the brain is always learning. The facts that the brain is actively growing, changing, and learning throughout life can have a positive influence on memory and cognition, emotion, motor learning virtually anything that effects quality of life.”

Source: Perwej Y, Parwej F. A Neuroplasticity (Brain Plasticity) Approach to Use in Artificial Neural Network. International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research. 2012;3.

Note

  • People with AD show less neuroplasticity, but the neuronal connections or areas of the brain that have not yet been affected can temporarily compensate for the loss of certain abilities.

Synonym(s)

Brain plasticity / Neural plasticity

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