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Neuroplasticity: 8 Ways to Rewire Your Brain

It was long believed that once we grow up, our brains have a set number of neurons performing functions in a fixed way. In the past two decades, however, neuroscientists have dismantled, piece by piece, the entrenched view that the human brain is fixed and unchanging in adults. A growing number of research publications have illustrated the remarkable ability of the brain to reorganize itself in response to various sensory experiences.


Brain Plasticity: Foot Painters’ Toes Mapped Like Fingers

Using your feet like hands can cause organized ‘hand-like’ maps of the toes in the brain, never before documented in people, finds a UCL-led study of two professional foot painters.


The Reading Brain: How the Brain Recognizes Words

When a skilled reader looks at a known word, their brain sees it like a picture, not a group of letters needing to be processed, studies find.


Learning to Read in Your 30s Transforms the Brain Profoundly

Research shows that when adults learn to read for the first time, the changes that occur in their brain are not limited to the outer layer of the brain, the cortex, but extend to deep brain structures in the thalamus and the brainstem.