The brain can change and grow throughout life
Learning is a form of plasticity
Every time we learn something new that takes effort, we physically change our brains a little.
Learning occurs when firing patterns in the brain become established and the behavior becomes automatic.
Learning stimulates new cell growth and forges pathways in the brain. Through art, neural pathways are activated again and again, they strengthen cognitive function.
These minute changes in individual cells can bring about broader changes in brain structure and function. As neural pathways are activated again and again, they become stronger and more efficient, strengthening cognitive function.
The DANA Alliance for Brain Initiatives (www.dana.org/seniors)
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