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The Importance of Brain Stimulation and Neuroplasticity 

doctor adjusting neurology headset by looking tablet brain scan procedure

Doctor adjusting neurology headset by looking at tablet. Brain scan procedure

The human brain has often been referred to as the most complex supercomputer we know of, operating at rapid fire speeds. However, perhaps the most unique feature of the brain is its ability to re-wire or re-shape itself. Neurons or brain cells that transmit impulses through connections or synapses, are able to disconnect and reconnect , showing flexibility or plasticity. Recent studies have shown that a child’s brain is more open to learning in the first five years of life, than at any other point. This ability of the brain to be moulded indicates that child development is dependent on so much more than a genetic blue print. It gives way to the idea that experiences, especially those during childhood, have a large part to play in building brain architecture.

Some of the concepts that support this are : 



Evidence indicates that brain plasticity can be : 



There are two main considerations in neural plasticity: 


As the brain shows the ability to imbibe and shape itself according to lessons based on experiences during childhood, especially during the first 5 years, this brings to the fore front the importance of early interactions and brain stimulation for babies. The ides of “serve and return” has merits, as by creating a responsive and exciting environment for children, where engaging interactions with others ,( parents, care givers or peers) act as opportunities for the brain to learn and evolve. 


Brain Stimulation involves : 




While brain plasticity explores the potential for neural development through positive and supportive experiences, it stands to reason that negative or toxic environments will have detrimental effects on the child’s development. 

There is evidence to suggest that a hostile maternal environment in utero, due to poor diet, hormone fluctuations, drugs as well as maternal depression, neglect or abuse after birth have acted as toxic stressors to neural development. 






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