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Could neurons be “sculpted”?


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Is their something we can do (or sculpt) in neurons to make them better?

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Is their something we can do (or sculpt) in neurons to make them better?

 

I don't know about 'sculpting', but there is a phenomenon within neuroscience known as synaptic plasticity. You can basically strengthen or weaken the connections between neurons through various learning (Ie. conditioning techniques). Formally, these are called long term potentiation (strengthening) and long term depression (weakening). Now, it is known that synaptic plasticity declines with age, so there must be some biochemical processes at play here. It's quite possible that scientists could discover the mechanisms behind these phenomenon, eventually discovering how these synapses are expressed genetically. At that point, augmented with technology, perhaps we could find ways to accelerate the learning process, or better preserve what we have already learned.






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