2 Neuroscience Breakthroughs Lead to Neural Plasticity

2 Neuroscience Breakthroughs Lead to Neural Plasticity

Posted on: May 31st, 2010 by Kim Hilary

Are you hopeful about creating your goals, dreams and desires? If you answered yes than read on for neuroscience breakthroughs to achieving lasting success.

How the Brain Works

According to Nobel Prize-winner neuroscientist Eric Kandel advances in research are leading to a completely new understanding of how the brain works. In addition to the discovery that emotions play an executive role in decision making, the term neural plasticity resulted from the finding that the brain changes itself. There are two primary discoveries that have reversed previously held viewpoints on how the brain works. These breakthroughs are tremendously important to the future treatment of psychological and physical health. Prior to this shift in scientific thinking, even as late as the year 2000, these outdated viewpoints were the basis for most psychological and medical approaches to brain functioning.


In the past it was believed that brain cells did not have the capacity to rejuvenate. Any brain cells lost in the 60’s were thought to be lost for good. The discovery of neurogenesis however reveals new brains cells are being born well into your 70’s. Obviously, neurogenesis has significant implications for new approaches related to brain and emotional wellbeing such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Rewire Your Brain

Previously it was believed that the functions that make up brain structures cannot change. Thus the wiring of your brain was thought to be permanent or hardwired. The neuroscience breakthrough that you can in fact rewire your brain means new neural pathways can be created to form new habits of thinking, feeling and acting. Neural plasticity studies with individuals dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, memory and lifestyle habits have been bringing much needed hope and empowerment.

Coaching and Counseling

Kim Ward Ph.D. and Hilary Stokes Ph.D., founders of Authenticity Associates Coaching and Counseling, have worked as a team for over 15 years. Their mission is to empower people to achieve their authentic potential. They specialize in bringing the synergistic power of mind, body and spirit to individuals and couples. They are passionate about combining the best of holistic and traditional approaches to realize whole body wellness. If you are looking for a holistic approach to improving your life please contact Hilary Stokes Ph.D. & Kimberly Ward Ph.D. at Authenticity Associates.

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