This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
New discoveries of the brain show that it’s structure and function change by experiencing and acting in the world, and in thinking and imagining about the world. This ability to change is called "neuroplasticity" For years it was thought that the brain works like a machine and that it was fixed, unregenerative and could not recover mental activities following disease or injury.
This course will review the limitations and possibilities of neuroplasticity and also provide insights into how the brain works in healing as well as in normal living. The course will review human case studies of how non-invasive energies (light, sound, electrical stimulation, movement) passing through our sensory systems and how the mind (thoughts and imagination) activates dormant or divergent networks in the brain to promote healing.
These neuroplastic strategies will be reviewed in the context of clinical applications for stroke, pain, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, autism, traumatic brain injury and dementia, and for also providing insights into how to enrich one’s normal life.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Howard Nornes, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus in Colorado State University’s Department of Anatomy/Neurobiology. He has broad expertise in neuroscience and has written many articles in the area of the development and plasticity of the brain and spinal cord. Over his career, Howard has received numerous awards recognizing his research and teaching.