The Learning Renaissance

Brain Plasticity – Some Good News About Learning

brainOne of the constant sources of wonder for me in terms of how the brain works is its plasticity. It is one thing that neuroscientists are prepared to admit about brain function.

That is the connections between the synapses which power memory, learning and motor skills can be reformed with various exercises to master new skills and develop new behaviour patterns.

We can see this most clearly when trying to develop a skill like juggling, or playing a musical instrument. Initially it proves next to impossible to master but by breaking the process down into individual steps the confidence and acuity grows quickly.

This is why a coaching model of repeating key behaviours, skills and drills is so important to developing our learning capacity and effectiveness.

Sporting coaches have recognised this for a long time and have referred to ‘muscle memory’, which might more accurately be described as the strength of the connections between synapses for a particular action, such as bending a free kick around a wall of defenders, being particularly well developed through rehearsal.

For all of us this means that training persistence really does pay off!

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Dazed and confused much of the time but convinced we can, as a species, do much better than this if we set our minds to being much more positive and productive towards our fellow humans.

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