Not a dry eye in my house. Paralympics, pain and plasticity.

I LOVE the Olympics. And didn't London put on a stellar show - I have really enjoyed watching you Brits hold up the mirror and get rather surprised at how good you really are at stuff - the Olympic medal haul from Team GB was truly magnificent of course. I remember how Uber-Australian we all became during and for a while after the Sydney 2000 … [Read more...]

Novelty, exercise and diet – the cornerstones of neural and cognitive plasticity

I am sitting in the local cafe. I am a Wednesday regular - the muffins are superb and they give you a timer for your pot of tea.  I have been reading a great paper that reviews neural and cognitive plasticity, with a focus on what we should all do to optimise our chances of thinking till we die.  As I read it, I can’t help but think of what all … [Read more...]

Neuroplasticity neuroschplacity. The results are in and introducing Neuroelasticity.

Some time ago, we were inspired by some debate in the literature on whether the term neuroplasticity was overdone. Cooked up. Passe.  It is timely to revisit this now, for two reasons. First, I did a talk at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians last night - the inaugural seminar in the College of Rehabilitation Physicians' Mind series. … [Read more...]

Neuroplasticity neuroschplacity

We (ok, I) have been a bit slow on the uptake here, but Mindhacks posted a typically excellent piece lamenting the use of 'neuroplasticity'. Vaughan, in typically excellent style, argues that, because the brain is always changing - we can't do anything really without something changing - the term is meaningless.  He goes so far to say that perhaps … [Read more...]