The Neuroplasticity Economy: Demand and Supply

Where there is no demand, there is no supply. The nervous system will not engage neuroplasticity unless the learner is compelled by a stimulus that reveals what is possible, yet is not currently possessed. Errors are not only permissible, that they are an essential ingredient in the impetus for change. How do we get to better quality (more efficient and symmetrical motion) without neuroplasticity – we cannot! How do we get to neuroplasticity without errors – we cannot. A next-in-line logical question would be, “How do we apply the perfect dosage of errors for each person?” My response, supported by evidence, is to provide:

Autonomy: include the learner in goal setting, task selection, and personalized activities

Intensity: Challenge me and (person-specific) include gamification (test me, train me, re-test me and allow me to earn…not learn, self efficacy)

Repetition: Allow me to see that task frequently enough that the “rules” that I am making about it can be solidified

Distraction: Force me to learn this without full cognitive resources – constrain my attention – so that I can store it and retrieve it in the functional presence of busy environments