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Introduction to Neuroplasticity

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Pamela Barnett

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Transcript of Introduction to Neuroplasticity

Science and ambiguity
Intro to Neuroplasticity
keywords and definitions
Critical Period


Rewiring the Brain
Barbara Arrowsmith Young
René Descartes (1586-1650)
lifelong brain change
Types of neuroplasticity
mirror region takeover
Experience changes the brain
long term memory
learning is...
early learning
paying active attention to the moment
heightened awareness of cognitive or learning processes
fixed mindset
sees talent and success as outcomes of innate ability
growth mindset
sees talent and success as outcomes of learning, training, effort & determination
growth mindset
She built herself a better brain
Exceptional abilities coexist with multiple cognitive and physical disabilities
Asymmetrical brain
homunculus - example of a brain map
lifelong learning
Where's the key to your brain change?
Right inside you!
Mainstream beliefs ancient to modern
in the heart - until 15th century
in the head - 15th and 16th centuries
in the brain - 17th century
Hippocrates was well ahead of his time
brain facts, brain myths
brain's "set-up period"
effortless learning
brain and mind
a two-way street
map expansion
sensory reassignment
Learning and memory are complex related processes
brain change
higher-order thinking
purposeful awareness
fixed mental attitudes
mindsets drive
responses to situations
fears failure
sees failure as learning - "not yet"
What if...
Neuroplasticity for Everyday Life
GSCI 1030

Pamela Barnett PhD
"All these things we endure from the brain"
5th century BCE

Pioneered by neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield (1891-1976)
being the impartial observer
What is Neuroplasticity?
For TED Talk with CC, go to http://www.ted.com/talks/stuart_firestein_the_pursuit_of_ignorance?language=en
mapping the brain
For CC and transcript of this video go to "Neuroplasticity" @ https://www.youtube.com/user/SentisDigital/videos
Stuart Firestein on the pursuit of ignorance
Barbara Arrowsmith Young
To view her TEDx Talk with CC, go to http://www.tedxtoronto.com/talks/tedxtoronto-2012-talk-barbara-arrowsmith-young/
Food for Thought
"The view of an imperial brain is not accurate.... Not only does the brain send signals to the body to influence it; the body sends signals to the brain to affect it as well, and thus there is constant, two-way communication between them. The body abounds with neurons, the gut alone having 100 million. Only in anatomy textbooks is the brain isolated from the body and confined to the head." Norman Doidge,
The Brain's Way of Healing
, 2015

Neurons also abound in the heart. Scientists tell us that the heart produces the strongest electrical and magnetic fields in the body. The question of whether the heart and and the gut are our second and third brains also gives rise to much speculation.

Outside mainstream science, many researchers have been investigating the association of the heart with feeling, emotion, and even belief. Although this research takes place mainly outside the neuroscience mainstream, many scientists take them seriously, including scientists at the Institute of HearthMath, who share their understanding of the human heart in this video, Mysteries of the Heart.
biases, prejudices
Week 1 Module
As we have seen, modern science continues to investigate this question
Where do intellect, memory, emotions, spirit reside?
sees mistakes as a steps toward success
Carol Dweck on Mindsets
The Power of Believing That You Can Improve
believes intelligence and abilities are fixed traits
responds negatively to trial and error
gives up - doesn't retool or persist
is persistent and resilient
believes everyone can improve
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