Neuromancy

Neural Pathways In The Brain

“…The pathways along which information travels through the neurons (nerve cells) of the brain can be compared with the paths through a forest. As people keep taking the same route through a forest, they wear out a path in it. And the more people who take this path, the more deeply it is worn and the easier it becomes to follow.

 

The same goes for our memories: the more we review them in our mind, the more deeply they are etched in our neural pathways.The fundamental characteristic of the human brain that makes learning and memory possible is its plasticity: the ability of the neurons to modify their connections to make certain neural circuits more efficient.

 

Efficient at what task? Usually, at expressing a new behaviour that is better adapted to the demands of our environment, and hence more likely to preserve our living organism and improve its chances of survival…” 

So okay, someone should study whether – say – Sagittarians produce more serotonin or if Crab Peeps have more pronounced neural pathways in the nostalgia region of the brain.

I’ve linked to this inspirational brainiac article before but go grok it again if you are in need of a swift post-Full-Moon neuromancy session.

As i think we have just seen with the Zap Zone that is Uranus square Pluto nearly happening, the Zap Zone era of the next few years is definitely going to result in some “demands of our environment.”

Let’s all meander down some new Neural Pathways, yes?

I LOVE the lighting.

Also, visualising old Neural Pathways as being all dark, unlit and with dodgy paving now whilst others have funky lighting (like in the pic above) and smooth glam surroundings makes the ditching of crap old habits easier, yes?

 

 

 

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Pisces in CQ
Pisces in CQ

I was interested to read some time ago that counselling for victims severely traumatized after a catastrophic event actually took longer to recover than those left alone who chose to ‘get on’ with their lives. I have wondered ever since if the repeated visits of a horrible time in one’s life might actually enforce the emotions felt at the time deeper into the psych and be more detrimental to traumatized people than letting them cope in their own way. It seems these days those who choose not to ‘confess’ their inability to cope are in denial – said loudly of… Read more »

Fi
Fi

Interesting, given that the therapeutic maxim these days is to make you go back to the trauma and re-live. As a ruminator par excellence who fights this tendency all the time, I, too, have my doubts about the recieved wisdom, Pisces in CQ…. to my mind, denial is, in many ways, a very sensible approach, if the wound is so severe that no amount of talk therapy can heal it. Why don’t my extremely elderly relatives ever talk about being POW’s in New Guinea? Because there is no way to describe it, or heal it, and no way of expressing… Read more »

Gneiss Moon
Gneiss Moon

Thanks, Mystic and Fi for the great post ! This is why some of the elderly can recall yesteryears much better than yesterday. Brain trauma patients can have word retrival problems such as descibing a pic, Know it’s an elephant, but Say giraffe. Just a tiny little jump in the network is misfiring, but often, it can be re-trained. The brain is fascinating!

Lucy
Lucy

Love this.

year of the fox
year of the fox

oh pooh! I made a post with 2 links in it that went to moderation. 🙁

year of the fox
year of the fox

Read the Edge Effect Book by Braverman.
http://www.drmyhill.co.uk/wiki/Edge_effect
has some descriptors.

GABA dominant people sure do seem like Earth Types from the description.
Serotonin seems like fire.
Acetylcholine is water? and maybe Dopamine is Air? not sure about the last 2.

unsure but i did take a test to see that I am acetylcholine dominant and my weakest neurotransmitter is GABA. It is true that the weakest element in my chart is Earth.

Here’s the Braverman Assessment so you can test yourself.
http://www.forresthealth.com/braverman-personality-assessment/

it’s the PDF file.

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Thanks for that post Fi. Makes it clear why I over did the wine bottle/gambling when in a depressive phase (break up with boyfriend, a move, bring mom out to live with me. Dated a few men who were not sincere).

Like that article too Mystic so “must move more hastily” (get oxygen) to un do cabernet brain damage 🙂

Really, with current transits imperative I continue forward and never go there again…

atreyu
atreyu

yes!

venus a-go-go
venus a-go-go

I have been staring at this for a lot of today.
http://iwdrm.tumblr.com/post/7893198413

I find it strangely soothing. It makes my brain go right for a change.

Fi
Fi

My bet is that Saggo’s produce more noradrenaline, not serotonin – ie nervous, physical energy, and the need to keep moving to burn it off. Aries probably do too, but they probably also produce more dopamine – willingness to take risks for a reward – often dominance. In animals, males that have been bested by another in a contest over mating with a female show vastly reduced levels of dopamine, whereas dopamine levels in the dominant male shoot through the roof. Sounds pretty Aries to me, as it is all linked to competition and dominance. It is hypothesised that the… Read more »

Andromeda
Andromeda

Awesome response Fi – as usual!

Catsmeow
Catsmeow

This is fascinating, thank you for sharing! Have it experienced it myself in the past year. Countless applications but not so much as a call-back. Got to such a point that I didn’t even want to bother anymore. Sigh. But now I’m busy with school so at least I can feel productive there. 🙂

Scorched Earth
Scorched Earth

Nice post Fi! Speakin all Saggi like… yes you may be right..chuckles and fidgets…

Bull with sting in tail
Bull with sting in tail

mmm…. like this science

makes sense

ScorpioRising
ScorpioRising

wow. thanks for the great post.

Triple Air Gem
Triple Air Gem

Thanks FI, really interesting stuff… My dad is addicted to those serotonin based ones… really sad to see that they have dociled him out where he once was so vital (he’s double aries for fuk’s sake)

Scorched Earth
Scorched Earth

Very nice last paragraph MM! I’m digging the visualisation.

Quantam Physics too.. eg down the rabbit hole… ‘what the bleep’ do have some great visuals on the literal impacts of this.

Sagg-scorp girl
Sagg-scorp girl

Yes, Yes YEs!! (re Mystics last line)

gemyogi
gemyogi

Saw a beautiful silver metal artwork at the Sydney Biennale last year… I thought it was tree roots but it was called ‘Neuron’ so based on brain nerve connections. Amazing! Love the thought that we can form new ones even in old age…

Baristagem
Baristagem

😯

This stuff is awesome! I’ve just read ‘The brain that changes itself’ by Norman Doidge and I want to read it again! 😯

Triple Air Gem
Triple Air Gem

I’ve been reading it and rereading over the last year and checking out all the science behind it! Sooo fascinating Barista – I was so excited when I first read it too.
It’s my little learning experiment of the moment Mystic so I love that you’ve posted about it (again 🙂 )
xx

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