One of the additional delights of a greater understanding of neuroscience is the evidence it provides to support folk wisdom. Hebb’s law, simply put, explains that “cells that fire together wire together”. In a simplistic way this explains that the sequence of cells, neurons and synapses, in any given neural pathway, work cooperatively. The more often they are used in sequence the more likely they are to work together and the threshold for “firing” gets lower the more they are used together. The folk wisdom this embodies is “practice makes perfect.
It explains both how we can make particular tasks become easier, or as this article shows, “Your brain has a delete button…” how to make things less memorable or significant.
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