This is the principle that the brain can change itself – at any age – in contrast to the long held view that much of the brain is “hard wired” once certain critical childhood learning periods have passed. The best known account of neuroplasticity is given in the book by Dr Norman Doidge entitled “The Brain that changes itself”.
We recommend you watch this video of Doidge talking about Neuroplasticity.
Look in particular at Chapter 8 of the video for discussion of the significance of neurofeedback as a clinical and even a self-development tool for improving brain function – by drawing on the principles of neuroplasticity. The video is also available here on the ABC.