How our teenagers can benefit from neuroplasicity
How can our teenager benefit from neuroplasticity| Why changes in the brain are much plastic during teens| Why we should focus more on installing the right habits during the teens|
Before the 1960s, the prevailing science said that you were hardwired at birth. The brain was once believed to be immutable from birth, with a certain number of brain cells and fixed neuronal circuits. The only changes thought to occur were the loss of brain cells and a reduction in brain volume. But researchers have shown that experience and learning remodel brain circuits. The brain, it seems has a certain ability to repair itself continues to grow and develop throughout life. So, we can change our neural pathways and make our brain healthy and make our brain function according to us. We can do this by learning and by re-modeling our brain. Our brain really can be renovated, and it can happen at any time. But it's the highest in our teens.
Neuroplasticity is at peek in teens- The ability to do neuroplasticity is highest in teens. The most dynamic shifting is in adolescence and, unfortunately, we get most of the mental disorders in teens. Teenage brain changes, in both senses, are driven by testosterone release. The hormone makes neural pathways exceptionally plastic for a while, so connections make and break easily. This allows teenagers to learn new things quickly and to adopt new habits and personality traits, which in turn will be changed again if they are not advantageous. The instability in the teenage brain results in baffling changeability and a tendency towards risk-taking and rebellious behavior. The prefrontal cortex is still developing, and rash decision-making. This is the time if we can feed our child's brain with positive, motivational thoughts, good habits, calm mind, and encourage them to learn new things, this will help them to develop a healthy brain, take the right decisions, control their aggression, and channelize all their energies in the right direction that will help them in the long run. We need to help them and train their brain to work for them, at this age to be better adults. Since they pick up new habits easily, it's important to guide them towards good and right habits that help them further in their future and their lives. The reason for their rash, impulsive, and aggressive behavior is that their prefrontal cortex is still developing and it is closely connected to the basal ganglia, which play an important role in motor skills.
Following changes happen in the brain during our teens-
1.) The fiber tract that links the two hemispheres- the corpus callosum- thickens, allowing for increased information-processing skills.
2.) Motor areas and body maps in the brain may get out of synch, causing physical gaucheness and clumsy actions.
3.)Frontal areas are not fully developed and not able to control impulses consistently.
4.)The limbic system is super active in teenagers, causing highly emotional responses.
Many different areas of the brain change, each causing a particular, temporary characteristic of teenagers.
Since now we know that our teenager behavior largely depends on changes in the brain, but we also now know that we can use these changes for their better, for their good by installing the right habits, beliefs, and new learnings at the right time. So, we should focus more on installing the right habits so that they become better adults one day.