The human brain has a huge capacity to learn, but how does it do this? What is the best way to learn a new skill?
- We absorb vast amounts of new information every day.
- Learning something new means rearranging the way our neurons are connected in the brain.
- The connections between neurons are known as synapses.
- Connections between neurons are strengthened through repetition.
One of the most fascinating abilities of the brain is its capacity to learn.
We absorb a multitude of new information every day.
It could be a new language, new facts about our world, or a new skill.
Learning something new means rearranging the way our neurons are connected in the brain, creating and strengthening new networks between the neurons.
Rebecca is a gymnast and she is trying to learn a new move for her routine. It's a difficult somersault.
Learning begins when an electrical impulse fires within an activated nerve cell.
Between each nerve cell there is a tiny gap. For any of us to learn something new the electrical impulse has to jump across this gap to create a new connection called a synapse.
The first time the signal crosses one brain nerve cell to another it takes the greatest amount of effort. So the first time Rebecca tries the new move she finds it extremely difficult.
As the signal crosses the gap over and over again a stronger pathway is established.
So the more Rebecca practices the move the easier she starts to find it. So it is true what they say: practice does make perfect.