How New-Agey, Trite Affirmations Can Lead Us to Happiness

February 23rd, 2014 by Dearbhla Kelly

Plasticity is the brain’s ability to reconfigure itself, to establish and dissolve connections between its different parts.No doubt you’ve heard the phrase ‘neurons that wire together fire together,’ but what exactly does it mean? When one neuron (nerve cell) wants to ‘talk’ to another, it communicates by way of an electrochemical signal. An electrical signal is released from the soma (cell body) and travels down the axon (a threadlike protrusion of varying length that carries nerve signals ) until it can go no further because it’s reached the synaptic cleft (the space between two neurons).

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