We used to think, and this was supported by research, that the brain became a static organ as people entered adulthood. We now know this is no longer true (as will you when you read The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science). The one thing in life we can be certain of is that there will always be change (someone else said this but I can’t find the quote). If this is true, an important quality in all of us is our ability to tolerate and embrace change, or our plasticity. Consider some area in your life that you would like to change, describe why this change is important to your overall well-being. Then discuss 3-5 things in this book that could help you think about how to implement that change.
Response papers should be 4 – 5 pages double-spaced (MLA or APA format, size 12, double spaced, Times New Roman, left heading). The response papers will involve some degree of personal examination using the material from the class. It should not be a diary entry and it should not be a book report – introduction, thesis statement, support (with references), and conclusion.