BOLD: Genes and brain plasticity

by Ami Citri Recommended Child & Brain Development 15.05.2018

Can we change how experiences are encoded and thereby modify our behavior?

“William James, the famous physician-scientist, once commented that since children grow into “walking bundles of habits,” they should be very careful which habits they acquire.

As we go about our lives, our brain continuously records interactions with the surrounding world, in the process creating behavioral patterns that can become deeply ingrained and semi-automatic. Sometimes these patterns may even develop into phobias and restricted behaviors that limit our interaction with the world. This, I believe, is what William James was warning us about.”

Read the full blog by CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Ami Citri on BOLD.

Related Ideas

Recommended | Child & Brain Development

BOLD: Genes and brain plasticity

Can we change how experiences are encoded and thereby modify our behavior? “William James, the famous physician-scientist, once commented that...

News | Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness | Child & Brain Development | Humans & the Microbiome | Learning in Machines & Brains

CIFAR Brain Symposium

CIFAR Fellows from around the world gathered to share the latest findings in brain-related research at the inaugural Brain Symposium...

Recommended | Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness

CBC Ideas: Into the Gray Zone with neuroscientist Adrian Owen

“We’ve usually thought that people in comas or ‘vegetative’ states are completely cut off from the world. But groundbreaking work...

Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness

The Future of VR: Neuroscience and Biosensor Driven Development

Imagine shaping VR/AR experiences with your body, eyes, and even mind. Imagine improving your health and advancing neuroscience while you...

Child & Brain Development

Smartphones are bad for some teens, not all

Is the next generation better or worse off because of smartphones? The answer is complex and research shows it largely...