• Our brains are changing throughout our lives
  • The more we do something, the easier it becomes because the brain changes itself to make it easier
Our brains are not formed completely when we're born. They are created based on what we experience. It's not just our genes, it's our environment too. Our biology and our experiences work together to create our intelligence, emotions, and outlook on life. And our experiences physically sculpt our brain. So, by making effort, we can learn and achieve more and experience greater success and happiness. When we as learners understand this (it's called the incremental view of intelligence), we actually perform better (Rattan, Good, & Dweck, 2012; Shively & Ryan, 2012).

In fact, even people who have had large sections of their brains removed can still learn and do things you would never expect. This is because the brain adapts based on how it is used.

Dr. Norman Dodge on the brain and neuroplasticity


Your Brain is Plastic

Dr. Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve

Watch a video from the Annenberg Foundation's Neuroscience & the Classroom course on Brain imaging techniques

Neuroplasticity made simple: Phil Parker, PhD researcher

The Woman who Changed her Brain

What is brain plasticity? - do you know?

The Plastic Brain

Dr. Michael Merzenich: How brain plasticity can change your life

Dr Michael Merzenich: Harnessing the Power of Brain Plasticity

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