Over the weekend I posted a link to Brainbasedbusiness about how researches had discovered a way actually see the effects of experience on the brain. There was no mention of how learning played in all of this, however the BBB blog followed with this post about MIT research showing that Learning Changes Your Brain's Neuron Connections.
"It's quite a breakthrough because it reminds us that when we learn -- we rewire our brain. In other words, LTP is an example of plasticity -- the amazing ability of the brain to change in response to experience.
Your LTP builds up synapses, or the connections between neurons, while its counterpart, long-term depression, or LTD, strips away unused synapses.
While it's true that learning is complex and differs among people...and that synaptic changes occur in hippocampus-based learning are few and difficult to detect, they also found learning can be stored through LTD as well as LTP. That is good news for those who've chosen lifelong learning."
I love learning new things. I'm actually quite unhappy if I'm not doing at least one thing in my life that is completely new for me. Podcasting has made it possible for me to continue learning both Spanish and Chinese in small chunks. I love ChinesePod, and the Spanish Phrase of the day. Its at blogger.com but No lo recuerdo exactamente (I don't remember exactly.).
Just kidding...I just had to use that phrase...here it is. I also keep up with quite a few techie podcasts and video blogs. Here's to TWIT, Inside the Net, and Geekbrief.tv.
It's never been easier to feed the ol' hippocampus than it is today with RSS feeds of everthing in all media sizes, shapes and flavors.
Life is good!
Update: Steve from the Chinesepod sent me this in the comments- Wǒ jì bù qīng le. - Its, I don't remember exactly in mandarin. So there you have it. The absolute power of the new web. Thanks, Steve.