How can neuroscience help us to change the way we look at our children?
Advances in scientic research offer us the chance to better understand child development, and, more broadly speaking, to grasp the extremely complex way a human being functions. Each of us is multiple and constantly evolving all through our life. It thus seems absurd to confine somebody to one category, since the term used to describe him/her will reflect only a tiny part of his/her personality, related to specific circumstances.
The notion of “neural plasticity” has so far proved convincing and explains our vast faculty for evolution. Neural plasticity refers to the capacity of the brain to create, undo and reorganize synaptic networks and connections between neurons as a person’s experiences change. Human beings thus develop their skills all through their lives, at their own pace and according to their environment. Judging the abilities of a child at a given moment will not therefore systematically indicate his/her future aptitudes.