Brain Plasticity

The internal structure of your brain is responsible for absorbing, identifying, sorting, labeling, storing and retrieving information.  Your brain uses neurotransmitters to carry, store and retrieve the information you’ve collected. 

The information that you’ve collected, stored and retrieved, becomes a memory.  Your brain uses your memories to control, guide and initiate your behavior.

Neuroscientists divide memory into a number of categories, but all memories can be sorted into three types; Working memory, Short-term memory and Long-term memory.   Our Working memory is constantly drawing on our Long-term memory to carry out day-to-day tasks.

Neuroplasticity or brain plasticity is primarily concerned with memories that have been stored in Long-term memory.  You can think of Long-term memories as being stored in your “Brain’s Attic”.  But your brain’s plasticity (neuroplasticity) is constantly moving things around up there based on importance and need.  

Brain Plasticity is constantly organizing and reorganizing the location of information stored in your “Brain’s Attic”, changing where memories are located.

These changes are made in response to your thoughts, experiences and behavior.   To accommodate your need for information Brain Plasticity is constantly reorganizing the pathways, connections and internal structure in your “Brain Attic”.

Your brain’s plasticity makes these changes to accommodate new information that needs storage space.  These changes are made by comparing the importance of new information to the relative importance of previously stored information.

New information is usually stored where it can be easily reached.  But if that information isn’t used, strengthened or reinforced in some way it gets pushed further and further away.  Information that you do use, gets strengthened or  reinforced, is moved to a location in your “Attic” where it becomes more accessible.   That means that the internal organization of your “Brain’s Attic” is constantly changing in response to what you do or don’t do.  What you do or don’t do determines the importance or need for stored information.

For information to be stored and used carrier cells must rely on the availability of blood to provide energy, oxygen, water and nutrients.  It’s the blood in your brain that keeps tissue healthy and cells functioning effectively.  Your brain relies on stored information and blood to initiate, control and guide your behavior.  By establishing where information should be stored for the most efficient use of blood, Brain Plasticity determines how the blood in your brain is used.

Your brain controls and guides behavior in an effort to ensure survival and comfort.  It obtains the information it stores from your thoughts, experiences and behavior; the things you do.  Who you are.  The frequency and need of the things you do establishes the importance of the information you collect and how its stored.

Brain plasticity accomplishes two important objectives related to the functioning of your brain.  First, by organizing the availability of information according to use, importance and need it optimizes the speed of communication between cells and cell networks.

Brain plasticity will move or shut-down those cells and cell networks that have little use or are not being used changing how blood is drawn to and circulates in your brain.

Second, brain plasticity allows the brain to function efficiently.  Blood is your brain’s only resource.  The amount of blood used in any given action, which includes thought, determines the cost of that action.  By continually reorganizing the internal structure of the brain based on need and importance, brain’s plasticity is minimizing the cost of any particular action.

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