Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a medical condition that can affect one’s physical, neurological, and/ or emotional functioning. The American Association of Neurological Surgery explains that TBI “is a disruption in the normal functioning of the brain that can be caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head, the head suddenly and violently hitting an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.” The specific symptoms that manifest because of a TBI will vary significantly, as they depend on a variety of contributing factors (e.g., the type of injury, the severity of the injury, area of the brain that was injured, etc.). Cognitive impairment is a common consequence of traumatic brain injury, as a TBI can impede one’s complex cognitive skills such as self-monitoring, self-awareness, reasoning, and problem-solving. Every brain injury is different, and the recovery process will vary from person to person. When one’s cognition is impaired because of sustaining a TBI, cognitive rehabilitation therapy is recommended. It focuses on teaching various skills through two main approaches, which are remediation (improving skills that have been lost or impaired) and compensation (learning different ways to achieve a goal). The goal of cognitive rehabilitation following TBI is to enhance one’s ability to process and interpret information and to improve one’s ability to perform mental functions. The most effective way to improve one’s cognitive functioning after a TBI is to activate neuroplasticity through cognitive rehabilitation therapy.
Frontiers In Psychology defines neuroplasticity as “a general umbrella term that refers to the brain’s ability to modify, change, and adapt both structure and function throughout life and in response to experience.” Hence, the brain is a continuously evolving organ. Neural pathways are developed through synaptic connections that occur in one’s brain, directly resulting from a person’s habits and behaviors. These connections create a map of a myriad of circuits within one’s brain, influenced by outside stimuli, enabling the brain to process various experiences, and are essential in how the brain retains and accesses information. Neural pathways strengthen with repetition and can similarly become obsolete without repetition.
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