Posts by Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D.

The Chemical Factory Inside Your Head

The brain contains complex biochemical machinery. The proper operation of this machinery is at the heart of proper brain function. The breakdown of this machinery — and there are numerous ways in which this breakdown may occur — is among the major causes of brain dysfunction.

Neuroplasticity In Action

Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change under the influence of experience and activities. Neuroplasticity used to be thought of as a limited phenomenon, mostly restricted to the early years of life. More recently it has been demonstrated that neuroplasticity continues throughout life

Education, Meet Brain

Over the last few decades, a new term has become increasingly prominent: brain-based education, or “brain education.” As if any other kind of education was possible! But better late than never. Taking these individual differences into account in tailoring educational approaches will greatly enhance their effectiveness.

The New Neuros: A Brave New World of Neuroscience

When the term neuroscience was originally forged, it referred mostly to research at the molecular and cellular levels. Higher-order cognition was not deemed amenable to rigorous research and was thus relegated to the domain of “soft sciences.” But the second half of the 20th century witnessed nothing short of a revolution