Learning: Breaking and Rebuilding the Brain

Our brains are designed to break and rebuild.

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Activity-Induced DNA Breaks Govern the Expression of Neuronal Early-Response Genes as originally seen in Cell

For you visual people: a “graphical abstract”

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Ok, let’s be real. That picture doesn’t explain it to me at all. But if it does to you, great! I just liked the idea that the article had a “graphical abstract.” I had never seen that before on an article. Have you?

But what this article really is about is neuroplasticity at a molecular level. Basically what the article is saying is that when we learn or experience something new, our brain breaks our nerve cells’ DNA in order to induce neuroplasticitic changes. The DNA gets switched around and/or reworked so that the synapses rewire appropriately in response to what you’ve just experienced or learned.

Wow. I mean, I literally just broke my brain and put it back together to learn that! No wonder learning is so…

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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