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Adult brain structure changes in response to experiences

June 16, 2010

In case you needed any more evidence that real psychic change is possible for people working in therapy, research cited in an article on Science Daily website shows that the adult brain far from being a a fixed product of developmental experiences can actually change structurally as a result of new experiences. This of course has implications for studies in traumatic stress, but it also provides a model to understand how the carefully managed experience in the psychotherapy consulting room can effect real and lasting psychic change.

ScienceDaily (June 15, 2010) — The adult brain, long considered to be fixed in its wiring, is in fact remarkably dynamic. Neuroscientists once thought that the brain’s wiring was fixed early in life, during a critical period beyond which changes were impossible. Recent discoveries have challenged that view, and now, research by scientists at Rockefeller University suggests that circuits in the adult brain are continually modified by experience.


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