NEUROPLASTICITY: HOW THE BRAIN CHANGES ITSELF AND GROWS
The brain grows exponentially depending on one’s thoughts and activities
The rapidly growing field of neuroscience and the increasing knowledge regarding the brain is something about which everyone should have at least a rudimentary understanding. Recognizing one’s ability to change the brain and its neural pathways makes it possible to also recognize that much of one’s mind and body depend on what an individual does with his/her brain.
Recent research findings are generating astonishing new knowledge about how the brain works and can be changed. Understanding that one is able to change one’s brain and its neural pathways – what some neuroscientists call “neural real estate” – acknowledges that much of the mind and body depend on what one does with the brain. How someone deals mentally with any perceived physical or psychological condition is key to recovery and/or moving forwards – and that depend to a large degree on what one does mentally to change neural pathways.
Clinical trials and evidence-based studies abound to show the true power of the brain. Neuroscience has brought into stark relief the power and possibilities enabled by neuroplasticity (brain change) and, more recently, neurogenesis (growth of new brain cells), informing ways to enhance life experience. The opportunities are there for the taking.
Dr. Gabriella Kortsch, Ph.D., is an author, lecturer, and integral (holistic) psychotherapist in private practice on the Costa del Sol. Her books – one of which was a #1 bestseller on Amazon – are available in English, Spanish, and German. She lectured in the Psychology Department at Florida International University in Miami for four years. Her local weekly radio show at Onda Cero was broadcast from 2004-2009, and she then hosted an internet podcast. Since 2006, her monthly newsletter has been transmitted globally to 10,000 subscribers in three languages. She regularly posts on her blogs, offering on-line video courses and hosting a weekly ‘Live Your Best Life’ discussion group since 2010. She provides online video talks (principally in Spanish via Mindalia Televisión) and has been a keynote speaker at Toastmasters, Corporate events in Geneva & Miami. She has facilitated workshops in Mexico, Ireland, England, USA and Spain. Gabriella has three sons and two grandchildren.