Friday, March 23, 2012
Neurons Love to Practice
Did you know that neurons love to practice? According to Georgia Tech neuroengineer Steve DeWeerth, the brain adapts continuously, so you keep getting better at tasks that you repeat. For example, when a child starts piano lessons, the brain gradually learns to coordinate finger, hand, wrist, and arm muscles. And when a beginner tosses a a tennis ball above his head and hits it, the brain gradually learns to coordinate the muscles needed to serve the ball. But teaching neurons takes time. Estimates are that 10,000 hours of practice are required to achieve world-class skill. Fortunately, neurons love to practice.