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Self-directed neuroplasticity refers to our ability to change the "wiring" in our brains. In the past, it was thought that the brain would remain in its initial state. Research shows that the brain can change itself. This is important for people suffering from injuries that have damaged the brain, and for people with OCD.[unreliable source?] Dr Jeffrey M. Schwartz argues that the "human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain."