Learning and exploring new ideas at work or home change your brain cells. A study by University of British Columbia (UBC) has identified a key molecular change that occurs in the brain when we learn and remember.
The research shows that learning stimulates our brain cells in a manner that causes a small fatty acid to attach to delta-catenin, a protein in the brain. This biochemical modification is essential in producing the changes in brain cell connectivity associated with learning.
“The discovery gives us a much better understanding of the tools our brains use to learn and remember, and provides insight into how these processes become disrupted in neurological diseases,” explained Shernaz Bamji, an associate professor in UBC’s life sciences institute.