Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
New ideas change your brain cells: UBC research
Media Release | February 24, 2014
A new University of British Columbia study identifies an important molecular change that occurs in the brain when we learn and remember.
Published this month in Nature Neuroscience, the research shows that learning stimulates our brain cells in a manner that causes a small fatty acid to attach to delta-catenin, a protein in the brain. This biochemical modification is essential in producing the changes in brain cell connectivity associated with learning, the study finds.
In animal models, the scientists found almost twice the amount of modified delta-catenin in the brain after learning about new environments. While delta-catenin has previously been linked to learning, this study is the first to describe the protein’s role in the molecular mechanism behind memory formation.
That is what is great about this website. It enables people to stretch their minds. Of course, you will see people who don't want to stretch their minds, who want to remain thinking as they are currently. But I am not one of those people. Are you?
The one and only thing I took away from selling Mary Kay Cosmetics is the quote Mary Kay made that said that you should not say "no" FOR another person, that you should give them the opportunity to say "no" for themselves. Once knowing this, my world view shifted. How many times do we eliminate an opportunity for someone else for something merely because we think they won't like it or don't really want it? I was changed forever by this concept.
Another one I had, while I was in my twenties, had to do with window shopping one day. I remember thinking to myself, "If you have no expectations, you will have no disappointments." This thought moved my life permanently. Later, thru the years, I saw that concept repeated over and over again, via quotes from other people. I was changed by it.
I grew up weekly going to a Presbyterian church. As a teen, I remember sitting there, during the sermon, just staring at the cross. It had no personal meaning for me. I had no emotional attachment to it. However, I remember the day that I first saw an ankh. I looked at the symbol and something shifted inside of me. It deeply moved me. It had no meaning when I saw it, but I was seriously moved by it. I have never been the same since.
Relate an memory where an idea or symbol has changed your life.
Edited by regeneratia, 24 February 2014 - 06:56 PM.