Saturday, December 27, 2008


How the brain learns throughout life
Neuroscientists have well established that the brain has a highly robust and well-developed capacity to change in response to environmental demands, a process called plasticity.

This involves creating and strengthening some neuronal connections and weakening or eliminating others.
The degree of modification depends on the type of learning that takes place, with long-term learning leading to more profound modification.

It also depends on the period of learning, with infants experiencing extraordinary growth of new synapses. But a profound message is that plasticity is a core feature of the brain throughout life.

"Understanding the Brain: The Birth of a Learning Science" Page 13
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