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Brain Plasticity

Professor Earl Miller explains that that the term 'plasticity' is used by neuroscientists to refer to the fact that the brain changes as a result of experience.
When we say the brain is plastic, what we mean is that the brain can actually change how it processes information based on the information it has already processed. So in other words your brain is rewiring itself based on prior experiences. So unlike a computer which is programmed to process information in a certain way and almost always will process it in the same way, the brain changes its programming depending on experience.
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