The PRISM model is based on the following four principles:
One: The brain is a dynamic, electro-chemical system – perhaps the most complex in the known Universe. No one part of the brain does solely one thing and no one part of the brain acts alone. All our thoughts, emotions and actions are the results of many parts of the brain acting together to create patterns of activity. This means that PRISM does not accept the popular claim that people are either left-brained or right-brained, nor does it accept that behaviours exist on dichotomous basis.
Two: In spite of the tremendous similarity of our brains, we all act differently, have unique abilities, and have distinct preferences, desires, dreams, hopes and fears.
Three: One pivotal concept underlies our understanding of the human brain and behaviour: plasticity. Basically, plasticity refers to the brain’s capacity for change. Neuroplasticity is involved when we are engaged in new experiences and learning. As a result, the brain establishes a series of neural pathways. Neuroplasticity is, therefore. a property of the brain which allows it to alter its biological, chemical and physical properties. However, as the brain changes, function and behaviour are also modified in a parallel course.
Four: People function best and reach their potential when they are able to make the most of their natural preferences and abilities.