A few simple steps to help you make the most of your American Heritage lab experience. “It’s not always the people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest.” 1 In other words, neurological research scientists have learned that your mind is capable of learning things you never thought possible. Building Your Mental Super-Highway Every time you learn something new, your brain actually forms new neuronal pathways. It’s as if every time you learn something new, your brain builds a new road. Eventually, you have a great system of interconnected roads and highways. What does this mean to you? It means that when your brain needs to make a connection between A and B, it now has many options—scenic routes, shortcuts, detours if there’s an obstacle in the road, and more. In a sense, then, you’re smarter. 2 Case Studies This knowledge about how the brain works can have a great impact on the way you think about yourself and your ability to learn. Consider the following case studies:
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