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What are Neural Pathways?

April 18, 2010

When you start stimulating your brain, your brain creates new neural pathways. This neural stimulation encourages new dendritic growth within your brain. neural pathwayThis allows for faster and smoother neural communication within your brain, and also provides more “processing power” in the brain. The dendrites are the many branching fibers extending from the neuron/cell body. These fibers increase the surface area available for receiving incoming information. The more dendrites the brain has at its disposal, the more quickly and smoothly it can process information.

Whenever you learn something new, such as playing a musical instrument, new dendritic growth occurs as a result of stimulating the mind in a new and different way. At the same time, old dendritic connections can become inactive and dissipate. (The shortening of dendritic branches and the reduction of the number of branches is associated with senility in the elderly.)

To see a striking example of how this works, click here to read the story of Cameron Mott.

These neural pathways are created whether you want them to or not. If you tend to focus on the negative, then you’re essentially programming your brain to be negative. And if you focus on the positive, your brain physically changes to accommodate more positive thought processes.

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