Self-directed Neuroplasticity

What is Self-directed Neuroplasticity

When we make conscious, consistent choices to practice a new behavior or a way of thinking, this is called self-directed neuroplasticity. In some ways, it is the same as learning how to walk, play piano, or ride a bike. You practiced the skill and became better at it. When you first started learning it was difficult and took effort and focus. Over time and with more practice it became easier.

These are examples of new neural pathways being made. More practice means stronger pathways, or, “neurons that fire together wire together” as a guy named Donald Hebb famously said. Well, famously to brain and nervous system nerds (people like me!) This knowledge is especially exciting given health studies showing how invaluable our decisions are.

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