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The Plastic Brain

  • Broadcast in Self Help
Jennifer Hicks

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For decades scientists believed that the human brain was made up of specialized areas which controlled specific functions, such as movement, or speech. The idea was that if a certain area was damaged, the person would lose that skill--for life. The brain was viewed as a machine, almost like the hardware on computer. But recent research indicates otherwise! Our brains are far more flexible--or more "plastic"--than once believed. If an area becomes injured, other parts of the brain may open up and take over that skill. Not only is this great news for people who have had strokes or head injuries, it's a blessing for the average person who thinks that they can't get past their issues, whether it's anger or a bad habit. Cool stuff.