CogniFit's Science blog: The Importance Of Neurodevelopment For The Brain

The Importance Of Neurodevelopment For The Brain

Your neural circuitry architecture gets mostly organized during our childhood. A recent article published on the journal Nature explains how scientists and researchers are trying to "unglue" our neural circuitry in order to find treatments for many different brain disorders.

One famous example of the fixation of the brain circuitry is the capacity to learn a new language. Language acquisition is much easier for children than for adults. This phenomenon can be explained by the fact that child's' brains go through what is referred as a "sensitive" or "critical" period of time.

A "critical" period of time for the brain is the period in which most of its changes, structure and molding gets defined. During that time, learning and integrating new information is much easier than when this process is mostly over.

This "critical" period of time is relatively short and need to be used optimally. One of the idea of researchers is also that several brain disorders could be explained by the structure and "wires" that were developed during that "critical" period.

Researchers are therefore looking for ways to "unglue" the brain or try to put it in the similar state or conditions as it was during this "critical" period. In doing so, they are hoping they will be able of remolding it in a certain way and maybe cure certain brain disorders and conditions and improve brain health.

Interesting, no?