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Neuroplasticity, not Nueroplastic Brains [Lol]


The brain communication system as it is wired together by the neurons transmitting its electrical impulses is day by day influenced both in structure and function by environmental stimuli such as music (depending on the variety), lust sexual perversions, spiritual practices, pharmacological substances. For the purpose of understanding, it is necessary to take a look at the trending topics about neuroplasticity. Such topics include: the principle of neuroplasticity and Mozart effect, neuroplasticity and hemispheric relativism (N-H relativism) and the genius of Donald Hebb (1949).


It is no doubt neurons are stimulus-specific and function-specific as elucidated in the law of specific nerve energy (Johannes Muller, 1883).

THE PRINCIPLE OF NEUROPLASTICITY (ALSO BRAIN PLASTICITY) AND MOZART EFFECT

Standing on the principle of neuroplasticity according to Donald Hebb, 1949 that: 'the neurons the fire together, wire together and the neurons that fire apart, wire apart'. Since the brain is exceptionally malleable from 0-5 years, it is justified of many scientists to believe that the Mozart effect hold true. The Mozart effect in this regard is the classic and contemporary believe that when a child attune to sounds played by Mozart, he becomes smarter therefore correlating Mozart's music with smartness and intelligence. Anyway, to ascertain this, one can delve into the history or record of gifted personalities of the ancient times who were able to contribute positively to the cosmos during the best reign of classical music. Such great personalities include Mozart, Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo among others.
Among these great figures, Mozart has already been exposed to complex musical compositions as early as the age of four years old. It would logically mean that the part of Mozart's brain that is capable of composing and understanding complex musical structure is so malleable enough that is could connect in some way that makes for a strong synaptic connection. In this regard, if the Hebbian principle really hold true, then it follows therefore that synaptic pruning has actually taken place. Synaptic pruning simply means a process by which weaker synaptic connections that are formed in the brain as regarding neurogenesis (the formation of neurons), are trimmed away since they lack they essential stimuli which could help to keep the connection of billions of neurons more intact, effectual and stronger.
  Mozart's brain if investigated, one may possibly predict beforehand that what the Electroencephalogram (EEG), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and the Computerized Tomography (CT) scans will all predict there is thicker synaptic connections in his brain areas more notably the conduits of musical stimuli.
Making reference to Einstein's brain too. Einstein has a biological predisposition to mathematics, numerals and physics. He had an exceptional aptitude for mathematics and physics. He propounded theories of which one of them led to the creation of them atom bomb. He is one of the Top Geniuses of All Time. For his general theory and special theory of relativity (E=MC^2 that is energy equals mass times the speed of light squared), he became a Nobel prize winner in the physics.
Einstein's brain was isolated in alcohol for preservation and scientific scrutiny of the factors accountable for such intellectual competence. After the investigation of Einstein's brain by different neuroscientist, it was discovered that the area 39 (angular gyrus, a part of the parietal lobe of the cerebral cortex, wikipedia.com) in his brain has a slight expansion than the normal brain and also that the brain has a larger corpus callosum and multiple number of glial cells which serves to facilitate and protect the connection and work of neurons. The investigation thus help to logically infer that his ability to think in terms of picture and visualize things in space depends on the malleability or the plasticity of his brain.
From these two case studies, it is suffice to say that both Einstein and Mozart's brain are historic evidence of neuroplasticity.

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