Neural Plasticity and Its Implications for Therapy

  • Theodore WassermanEmail author
  • Lori Drucker Wasserman
Part of the Neural Network Model: Applications and Implications book series (NNMAI)


The brain is the source of behavior but is also, in turn, modified by the behavior it produces. This dynamic interactive loop between brain structure and brain function is at the root of the neural basis of cognition, learning, and plasticity. The learning experiences inherent in therapy can alter the way that the brain processes information is a direct reflection of an understanding of how this interactive loop works. From a network modification/plasticity perspective, throughout the development of the brain and its systems, hundreds of systems have to develop adequately, and they also have to integrate with one another in a seamless way with the goal of producing maximally adaptive and successful function. The result of this process must be a degree of automaticity that permits all of the processes to operate in the background so that we can focus our mental energy on the environment, assessing both threats and opportunities


Neural plasticity Learning White matter Mirror neurons Mental health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Neurocognitive Learning TherapyWasserman & Drucker PABoca RatonUSA

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