Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Did you know that your memory may get things wrong as often as it gets this right? That's due to neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to be flexible and to change throughout your life. Neuro stands for "neuron" and plasticity stands for the "plastic" connections among neurons that can change. Each of the 100 billion neurons in your brain has thousands of synaptic-connection possibilities. Challenging your brain with stimulating information can keep dendrites (finger-like projections on neurons) stretched out and reaching toward other neurons. This process can even trigger growth of new dendrites.