Cells in your brain acting as little micro-gardeners? It's true! A recent article from Fast Company explains “synaptic pruning” as being when the microglial cells in your brain and how they act as gardeners and prune away synaptic connections so there’s room for new ones to form. And the key to proper brain maintenance? Sleep and mindfulness. Read on!
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to form new connections—as well as eliminate old ones—throughout life. In previous generations, people often believed that the neural connections of the brain were fixed by a certain age. We now know that the brain continues to develop and rewire itself throughout life and that experience can change the brain’s structure and functioning.
If a teen is doing music, sports or academics, those are the connections that will be hard wired. If they¼re lying on the couch or playing video games or MTV, those are the cells and connections that are going to survive.