What are the relationships of brain functions that are specific to literacy and learning?
As it turns out, the very act of studying and learning can help to keep the brain healthy. [ There is then a unique and beneficial interplay between studying science, improving health, and improving brain function.
To understand this interrelationship, consider what happens when you learn something new. Every mental activity — including learning — is played out as precise
electrical and chemical activity in brain cells. The electrical activity specific to studying and learning directly causes the release of a molecule called brain derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF. BDNF was first identified as a growth and developmental factor in the brain, but now is known to be linked to improved learning and memory. When BDNF is increased through this precise learning related neural activity, mental function improves. When BDNF is experimentally blocked, memory formation is made more difficult. How does BDNF help to improve brain function? It helps to physically build and reshape parts of brain cells so that the cells can strengthen their connections to each other. These specific modifiable connections between brain cells account for our ability to form and strengthen memories. Many details in this model of brain training need to be filled in, but clearly, concrete molecular links have been identified to suggest that certain kinds of mental activity are necessarily linked to improved mental ability. ]
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