Everything you experience makes connections in your brain, reinforcing existing pathways or making new ones. Like a newly trodden path agross a grassy field those new neural pathways become stronger when they are used again. That’s how we learn new stuff. It’s also how we develop new habits, leaving the old ones buried in old neural networks to weaken and whither [eventually], still there but gradually less and less insistent, less nagging, having less of a grip on us.
So the really good news is that even if our brain has gotten into a bit of a jumble we can learn and we can help even an old dog of brain to learn new stuff.
Neurons that fire together wire together, so get firing those neurons.
Reading this is changing your brain, right now. Watching this ten minute movie will change it too.
Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks compares how your your brain works with the internet, neural connections are similar to hyperlinks, if you keep clicking the sme links they get stronger, but you can make new ones and make them strong too.
And when it’s all getting a bit too much you can also give your brain a break.
….and like anything that can be tricky at first but with practice, your brain will get the hang of it.
Its what your brain does: change.
For more on neuroplasticity and how your brain is a brain that changes itself…
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BRAIN POWER: From Neurons to Networks is a 10-minute film and accompanying TED Book (ted.com/tedbooks) from award-winning Director Tiffany Shlain and her team at The Moxie Institute. Based on new research on how to best nurture children’s brains from Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child and University of Washington’s I-LABS, the film explores the parallels between a child’s brain development and the development of the global brain of Internet, offering insights into the best ways to shape both. Made through a new crowd-sourcing creativity process the Moxie team calls “Cloud Filmmaking,” Brain Power was created by putting into action the very ideas that the film is exploring: the connections between neurons, networks, and people around the world.