Neurons in the brain are affected by people, places and things that kids encounter every moment of every day. Some people, places and things work like plant fertilizer and grow massive neuronal redwoods in the brain. Others work like barren soil and neurons end up shrunken and depleted, negatively affecting the health and well-being of every organ in the body.
Here's the problem: unless we know how the brain works at its most basic level, we unwittingly do damage to neural structures.
This pictorial presentation depicts processes which contribute to enriched full neurons in the brain or impoverished, inhibited collections of brain cells along with the difficulties such cellular impoverishment creates. It's a great place to begin thinking deeply about how to optimize the learning environment in brain-enriching ways.