Christian Long

Michael Merzenich: Re-Wiring the Brain

In TED Talks on April 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Reflection by COLTON C.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Michael Merzenich:  Re-Wiring the Brain

Michael tries to explain how a change in your environment can change your brain’s evolution.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil, there are kids who can bounce a soccer ball on there head. Almost 40% of the kids can.

If you were to be in say, Texas, than almost none of the kids could do that.

This is an example of how your situation or location can affect the development of the brain. The kids in Brazil are constantly around soccer balls and that is where most of their entertainment comes from. In Texas however, most of the kids don’t spend all or must of their day playing soccer or being around soccer.

This is a pretty cool demonstration because it really shows how your environment will change your brain development.

Another one of Michael’s examples was about kids who have speech impediments. When your brain is developing, it takes on millions of event. Each one contributes to the development. When a baby is born, the brain has almost no activity and cannot really proccess anything. It takes the infant several of months before it is even able to really control its movements. Michael goes on to explain how the brain proccesses whats going on around it and how it evolves. It is pretty cool how many different events and happenings can affect the evolution of the brain.

The video is very informative and lets you know a lot about the brain and how it works.


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