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How New Ideas Change Your Brain Cells — PsyBlog

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A new study has identified an important molecular change which takes place in the brain when we learn and remember (Brigidi et al., 2014).

Learning changes the way a fatty acid in the brain attaches to a protein called delta-catenin.

This change is essential in adjusting the connectivity between brain cells, which enables us to learn

VERY cool concept. Thank you for saving this, Tina!

The study’s lead author, Stefano Brigidi, said:

“Brain activity can change both the structure of this protein, as well as its function. When we introduced a mutation that blocked the biochemical modification that occurs in healthy subjects, we abolished the structural changes in brain’s cells that are known to be important for memory formation.”

The findings may also shed light on why people with some mental disabilities find it hard to learn.

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