We know instinctively that our experiences shape the way we learn. If we are highly familiar with a particular task, like cooking for example, learning a new recipe is much easier than it was when we were a novice. New research from the University of California, Davis, shows that experience also changes the way our neurons become plastic and form new memories.
“Our main question was, how does experience modify the way that the brain learns?” said Brian Wiltgen, associate professor at the UC Davis Department of Psychology and Center for Neuroscience. “If you zoom all the way down to the level of a neuron, does experience alter the way that it becomes plastic?”
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