• Plasticity: Have Your Say

    By Hannah Flynn -

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In Wonderland, Alice keeps changing her size to do things. In a way, your brain is doing the same thing. You brain is actually changing its structure because of what you do and learn.

You have 100 billion neurons in your brain. They are in charge of everything you do, feel and think. The neurons connect to each other, sending messages all the time, whether you’re awake or asleep.

As you grow up, your brain puts in new connections between its neurons. The connections which are already there can get stronger, or weaker, or disappear completely. This is based on what you learn and do.

You have less connections as you get older, but the ones that are left are faster. And you can still learn new things and make changes to your connections when you’re an adult, but it’s much harder!

So what do you think? Do you feel like you’re making stronger connections in your brain – by practising your times tables, for instance?

 

Discussion Area

  1. Very educational and fun site.

    Ryan - November 19, 2011

  2. thought this was an art game, but teeches science?

    Hayley - November 22, 2011

  3. Thats because its suppose to be a science game

    Katie - November 22, 2011

  4. Yes if you practice it more you will make it a stronger connection

    Cameron - January 1, 2012

  5. very educational now i understand better thank u guys

    maxine,mikellar doodnath - January 23, 2012

  6. If you practice your times-tables your neuron connections become stronger

    Ivan - February 2, 2012

  7. It’s amazing. This is effective way to learn about us, by playing. Very educational and funny. Thanks!

    Rodrigo - February 13, 2012

  8. Wow~ Super cool website. I have to say that, this site is much better than my school teacher in childhood.

    Mihee - February 14, 2012

  9. Wow, very Educational and Informational!

    Daniel - April 4, 2012

  10. This is the best! Learning about the mind, and wonderland at the same time! Two thumbs up!

    Savannah - May 16, 2012

  11. so a child is better connected than an adult, an adult has only created more specific bias in what they think

    toby negus - August 15, 2012

  12. Is that why you’re supposed to do brain exercises a lot, to make the connections in your brain stronger and faster?

    Meagan - October 25, 2012

  13. This is an amazing , incredible and good site for learning about the brain and practice the language (I´m spanish) , Thanks very useful , I LOVE the pictures and visual presentation.

    TagalaVocal - January 23, 2013