Light Up Your Mind
Neuroplasticity is the simple, yet game-changing discovery that our brains can and do change throughout our lives. Light Up Your Mind by staying connected to BrainFutures for unbiased, rigorously-vetted information about advances in brain fitness and the treatment of illness.
Until recently, scientists believed that brain development came to a halt during adulthood. Today we know that our brains are constantly changing throughout our lives and forming new pathways in response to our environment, actions, thinking and emotions. This is good news for all of us, whether we want to improve learning outcomes for kids, maintain sharp thinking as we age, optimize functioning at work or enhance treatment for a mental health or substance use problem.
Breakthroughs in understanding of brain plasticity have spurred new directions in neuroscience research, producing a wide range of practical applications through the use of:
Increased understanding of neuroplasticity has spurred new research and innovation in the treatment of mental health problems.
Just as staying physically fit is important to our health throughout our lives, so is keeping our brains fit and healthy.
Neuroplasticity is the simple, yet game changing, discovery that our brains can and do change throughout our lives.
A variety of neuroplasticity-based interventions have proven successful in improving learning in schools.
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BrainFutures 2017 featured a world-renowned lineup of presenters discussing advances in treatment, brain fitness across generations, the value of technology in treating mental illness and substance use problems, and the range of therapy options that can improve outcomes.