White Matter and Learning in the Brain – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. The brain is composed of many different types of cells. But the main one is called the neuron. All our thoughts, movements, memories, and emotions are the result of signals that pass through neurons.
Fields: And this goes to the fundamental mechanism of learning, which is that neurons that fire together wire together.
Narrator: Dr. Douglas Fields is with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child and Health Development.
Fields: Pavlov's dog is a good example where the food had to be presented at the same time as the bell to have the neuron that controls saliva become conditioned to respond to the bell. Neurons that fire together wire together.
Narrator: For more on how the brain works, visit www.ninds.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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