Archives for neuroplasticity

Changing your mind

It’s often said that if you eat less sugar for a while your taste buds will change, so that the sugary stuff you used to love becomes much too sweet. But it's not the taste buds themselves that change; what changes is your brain’s interpretation of the messages coming from the taste buds.
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Brain Tweaking

New ideas, no matter how brilliant, can take a long time to become familiar in a culture, so as to become generally accepted as 'normal'. Neuroplasticity, for example, has been around for millennia, but our awareness of it has happened, relatively speaking, in the blink of an eye.
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The Elephant of Addiction

Do you know the fable about four blind men who discover an elephant? Each of them grabs hold of a different part, and proceeds to describe the animal from that perspective. The man with his arms around a leg declares that an elephant is like a tree trunk. The man who holds an ear disagrees because he's sure an elephant is a flat piece of leather, while a third holds the tail, saying an elephant is something like a length of rope.
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