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BRAIN PLASTICITY Student Name Student Number Section 004 Professor Greg Moran
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Plasticity is the brain’s  ability for its neurons to  alter their synapses with  each other Creation or destruction of  neural synapses Also called neuroplasticity What is Brain Plasticity? Synapse (Kolb, Gibb & Robinso, 2003)
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To retain information, brain’s  organization must change Behavioural changes Psychologists are interested in  plasticity so they can: Understand different  behaviours Devise cures for disorders Learn more about  repairing damaged  synapses The Importance of Plasticity Nurses (http://www.utdallas.edu/~kilgard/mcdonnell_summary.html))
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An Analogy: Baseball and Plasticity   Hand   Nerve   Fingers   Nerve Dendrites      and Axons   Ball that was     thrown   New incoming      information    Baseball Plasticity The plasticity of a brain can be  compared to catching a baseball Kid Synapse2 
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Creating Neural Connections: Most capable of plasticity Large amounts of incoming  information Must process information Vast number of synapses  between neurons created Much growth of the brain First Years after Birth Blocks  Baby  (http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/plast.htm)l
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