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Explaining Brain Smudging

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Published on Dec 4, 2014

An evidenced based multimedia approach to teaching neuroplasticity.

While many people have something of a mental picture of the external view of a brain, the internal workings are hard to imagine. Patients and other learners need something solid to grasp onto when trying to make sense of the very abstract idea of brain function.
A nail box (also called a pin-box) can be used to explain aspects of the brain and the therapeutic potential of interventions that target it. In terms of evidence based multimedia, the box is an external, animated model which allows a reasonably accurate, metaphorical, three dimensional model of neuroplasticity. It is particularly powerful because it can demonstrate the ‘elasticity’ of the brain – it’s ability to change, and also change back.
The nailbox is something you can touch, experience and “see” changes in. Demonstration of the brain’s working with a nailbox requires minimal scientific language and, via this simple mechanism, it’s possible to show complex aspects of neuroplasticity. This is my version of telling a person about smudging and changeability of the brain with a nailbox.

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