Monday, June 7, 2010
Is your brain plastic? Definitely not. It might feel like it is made of silly putty after hours at a park, but rest assured your brain is regenerative and amazing.
It used to be thought that as we get older, the connections in our brains become fixed. However, newer research tells us that the brain has the ability to reorganize itself and form new neural connections. This is great news for learning.
The more information we discover about our brains and how we learn, the better. Discovering that our brains never stop making new connections promotes hope for change and improvement.
For example, a Carnegie Mellon University study showed that “Remedial Instruction Rewires Dyslexic Brains, Provides Lasting Results” .
And yet another study revealed “Remedial Instruction Can Make Strong Readers Out Of Poor Readers, Brain Imaging”.
The research gives me hope that with enough remedial instruction I may be able to call my son by his correct name on the first try rather than going through a litany of names, "Dad, Paul, Matt, Charlie, ahhhh you!"
I'm off to start working on my neural connections.