According to this Wikipedia article, neuroplasticity is a term that …

… describes lasting change to the brain throughout an individual's life course. The term gained prominence in the latter half of the 20th century, when new research showed that many aspects of the brain can be altered (or are plastic) even into adulthood. This notion is in contrast with the previous scientific consensus that the brain develops during a critical period in early childhood and then remains relatively unchanged (or static).

In particular, the term rose to prominence after the publication of Norman Doidge’s book titled The Brain That Changes Itself in 2007. The importance of the concept of neuroplasticity to both short-term and long-term stroke recovery cannot be overstated. The real issue for stroke survivors and their carers is how to take advantage of this miraculous process to improve the quality of life of stroke survivors, and hence, of their carers and family members.

The following articles provide some insight into the relationship between neuroplasticity and stroke recovery.


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March 25, 2017