Why is it important for a child to play? In one article, it is stated that free, unstructured play is important for a child’s brain development (Anonymous, 2016). It allows for the child to not only
The videos that I watched we very informative and intriguing. In the neuroplasticity video it told us that neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity is how we become better at problem solving, learning a new language, and increasing our ability to focus. An example, of my road to mastering a subject would be me learning how to play the clarinet. I vividly remember the first day I played the clarinet, I still remember that I had to look at my fingers to see if I they were on the right keys. Doing anything the first time most of the time is hard at first, but with time it becomes a habit. At first when I got my clarinet they told me to get reeds, when I saw them the first time I just saw thick strips of wood.
Play contributes to developing the whole child and to the development of each part of that child. Play is beneficial in many areas of a child’s development. This includes a child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive areas of development. The benefits of play, offer children an opportunity to be creative, form bonds with other children, and allows children to experience their natural environments. “Play fulfills a wide variety of purposes in the life of the child” (Weissman & Hendrick, 2014, p. 61).
The book The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, written by Dr. Norman Doidge, provides different intimate experiences from people that received help through neuroplasticity exercises. Each story describes how the brain is able to readjust itself. Brain plasticity can physically modify the brain by uncovering rewarding and tragic experiences. Changes in the brain can also occur as we age. Throughout the reading I learned several knowledgeable facts I did not know before. Some being the transcription and template functions, and the effects memory and learning have on the transformation of the brain over time. Another was Jordan Grafman’s research on the four kinds of plasticity; map expansion, sensory reassignment, compensatory masquerade, and mirror region takeover.
Brenden Pierce, Kayla Cossia, Abby Saltow, Dylan Wallin, Emma Underwood, Tiffany Miller What is neuroplasticity and how does it work? Neuroplasticity is the change of pathways in the brain that allows us to do certain activities and change the way we do them. It works through a connection of neurons that allow us to think and react.
has a significant impact on child development. Play involves the child, thinking, creative expression of thoughts and feelings, and physical demands. It all interacts with in there dynamic process. Children learn about
This editorial concerns an interesting paper, recently published in Acta Physiologica, showing evidence that the focus of attention - internal or external - during execution of a motor task can cause transient neuroplastic-like responses in motor areas of the brain (Khun et al., 2016). Neuroplasticity refers to the capacity of the brain to reorganise itself in response to our experiences throughout life. Typically, changes to the organization of the brain come about to support brain function. For instance, after a spinal cord injury or stroke, the brain must adapt to allow functional recovery (Rao et al., 2016). The recognition that the brain must change to improve function has led to several attempts to boost neuroplasticity. Cutting-edge
The brain changes its function when needed. For example, if you were to be blindfolded, extra touch signals would be transmitted through visual brain centers. Eventually entire regions of visual function would switch to other functions. This is essential for blind people to use the visual cortex to enhance hearing and for the deaf to be able to lip-read much better than others. The neuroplasticity of the brain helps to reorganize regions where nerves are severed. To me, this example is the easiest way to understand how a brain adapts through its neuroplasticity. It helps us accommodate to any and all situations of changes in our lives. Memory is stored in the hippocampus, and neuroplasticity helps accommodate for new memories or the retrieval of old memories. Brain plasticity can be trained also, and certain brain mechanisms can be targeted to produce a result. Older adulthood is normally a growth decline period and cognitive processes decline, however with training certain areas of the brain, brain plasticity can help adult minds grow. Growth is an essential element of ones lifespan, and would not be possible without the help of the brains neuroplasticity and its ability to reorganize and
Recent drug trails have confirmed that the brain has the ability to trick itself into healing not only itself, but all aspects of the human body. Neuroplasticity is the study of the brains’ ability to change and adapt to certain medical conditions. Until now, the concept of neuroplasticity has been
Neuroplasticity can be termed as physical modification of one’s brain normally caused by different experiences in life. It depicts that the brain gains learning in constant memory and ties related threads of memory together to come up with a certain knowledge. The brain grows new memory when it links new
-Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural pathways throughout a lifespan. Neuroplasticity is the capacity of the nerve cells to adjust their functions in reaction to new situations or environmental changes and compensate for disease and injuries experienced. -Neuroplasticity defines how experiences reorganize neural connections
Play is the foundation stone of children’s healthy and productive lives (Oliver & Klugman, 2002) and is also a significant means of child’s learning and development (Zigler, Singer & Bishop-
Psychological and Neurological Approaches Introduction It has only been recently that learning and memory were considered to be of scientific relevance. It has developed over the years as more accurate ways of measuring these fields have come to the surface. Aristotle, a philosopher, was of the first few to observe and
Having a “Brain Healthy Lifestyle” (Bend, 2014) is made up of several different categories that include “physical health, brain fitness, and vitality” (Bend, 2014) as well as “balanced nutrition, stress management, and mental stimulation” (Sharpbrains, 2014). Our physical health plays a major part in brain function. Exercising our bodies, eating well, and getting the proper amount of sleep has a huge impact on our physical health. “Our brain requires 25% of the blood that is pumped by your heart. The healthier your heart is, the healthier your brain will be” (Bend, 2014). Cognitive fitness is demonstrated by uses of vocabulary, thinking, perception, and attention. It is crucial to make it a normal everyday practice to challenge our brains through new activities. Taking part in a cooking class or learning to
What is play? Play is “a recreational activity; especially the spontaneous activity of children.” (Webster, 2010) Play is such a basic function and daily routine in a child’s life. Although the roles of play and the types of play change though age, it all incorporates in the growth and development