Contrary to old beliefs, the human brain is dynamic, capable of forming new connections throughout our lifetimes. The ability of this complex organ to rewire itself and change its own landscape as it learns and adapts to new circumstances is called neuroplasticity. Powerful stimuli, both positive and negative, can pave new networks that have physical, mental, social, and psychological effects even after that initial trigger is gone.
Functional neuroplasticity falls into four major categories:
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