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Your Brain Has A "Delete" Button--Here's How To Use It

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There’s an old saying in neuroscience: neurons that fire together wire together. This means the more you run a neuro-circuit in your brain, the stronger that circuit becomes. Your brain’s microglial cells 'prune' your synaptic connections.This is the fascinating way that your brain makes space to build new and stronger connections so you can learn more. Your brain cleans itself out when you sleep. In fact, you actually have some control over what your brain decides to delete. It's the synaptic connections you don’t use that get marked for recycling. The ones you do use are the ones that get watered and oxygenated. So be mindful of what you’re thinking about.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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