Friday, July 24, 2015

Neuroscience in Focus - An Introduction to Neuroplasticity

Neuroscience in Focus:
An Introduction to Neuroplasticity

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  1. A very nice piece of work. You are certainly doing you homework and honing your skills.

  2. I really wonder if your attempting the impossible, I have found myself becoming increasingly critical to the point of irritation at the quality of much of the output of neuroscience and I'm not alone. A search for neurotwaddle, neurobollocks, neurotrash, etc will point you to lots of highly critical reviews of the current state of neuroscience, some from neuroscientists themselves. Huge sums of money have been invested in researching the biological basis of human thoughts feelings and behaviour yet if you look at how much of this has lead to anything of use it should ring warning bells. Neuroplasticity is interesting, it is one of the ways in which the brain responds to its environment, and yes we see synapses being changes, but not everything happens at the synapses a nerve is covered with chemo-receptors and can interconnect with 10,000 others each one of these attempting to alter the nerves action potential. When it fires, that's all it does, they don't really operate as wires, each ones a switch the only information each nerve transmits is the fact its fired. Currently we don't even have a clear idea of all the chemicals that impact on nerve function even a single synapse may use several neurotransmitters and have a range of different types of receptors. I have yet to see any well reasoned attempt to try to convert the biology we are aware of into an understanding of though, feeling and behaviour. Clearly mind is a product of our biology but making sense of how this works is beyond us.
    I don't want to put you off, I'm actually interested in how you will approach this issue, I just hope you realise what your taking on and I don't think you'll get much help from neuroscience. Your a brave man/woman, I wouldn't attempt this but maybe this will be your opus, it would be a grand work indeed.

    1. Thanks for your thoughts and input.

  3. Well if nothing else Brad, you've got my interest and I will be following your discussions. I really wish you good luck with what I think is a very big project. Best wishes George

  4. I found this helpful. Most discussions on nsuroplasticity I've read are more difficult to grasp. And I agree nsuroplasticity is the most important - and very doable- factor in healing. Not nearly as discussed in popular in media as chemical cures, yet much more effective and healthy in the long run. Thank you for sharing this information in a digestible way!

    1. Thank you for reading and for your feedback, Lilac!

    2. Err,*neuroplasticity I meant to say. I'd written that comment via phone.