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'Nerves that fire together wire together' - Maharishi University of Management commencement address
by Global Good News staff writer
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2 July 2011
In his commencement address at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, renowned psychiatrist Dr Norman Rosenthal discussed good habits from a neurological perspective.
Continuing his discussion of the sixth of seven 'pearls of wisdom' presented in his address,* he told students to 'cultivate good habits' such as practice of the Transcendental Meditation Programme.
'When something becomes a habit, it becomes much easier to do'—it becomes 'second nature', he said.
'We have some idea about how this works at a neurological level—every experience we have involves large groups of nerve cells all firing at the same time. In the process the bonds connecting these nerve cells, like the synapses, strengthen.
'If the experience repeats, so does the firing, and the nerve connections tighten further. As neuroscientists are fond of saying: ''Nerves that fire together wire together.''
'This fundamental fact about the nervous system explains how any and all experiences form neural circuits and rewire the brain. In general, the more we repeat an experience the firmer the wiring,' Dr Rosenthal said.
'That's what happens when we develop a habit: the firm wiring makes the practice easier and easier—so we just need to give the circuits a little tap, and they swing into action.'
In the coming days, Global Good News will continue to feature Dr Rosenthal's commencement address.
*Please see Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII, Part IX, and Part X of this article.
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