[No CEs] Neural
plasticity, also known as brain plasticity or cerebral plasticity, refers
the ability of neurons in the brain to change or reorganize in response to
The brain communicates through a complex network of more than
one hundred billion neurons, each neuron potentially containing thousands of
synapses. Synapses, tiny gaps between neurons, send and receive neurotransmitters (chemicals)
that control virtually all of our functioning. Neural plasticity occurs when the
neuron changes in shape and function increasing the number and effectiveness of
the synapses. This presentation will discuss the conditions that promote neural
plasticity which when incorporated into rehabilitative practice can enhance
recovery following brain injury.
- Participants will be able to define neural plasticity and state why it is important for brain injury rehabilitation
- Participants will be able to identify 3 conditions that promote neural plasticity.
- Participants will identify 2 factors that limit neural plasticity.