Definition: Neural Pathways
1. A neural pathway, neural tract, or neural face, connects one part of the nervous system with another and usually consists of bundles of elongated, myelin-insulated neurons, known collectively as white matter.
Why I love this word:
Neural pathways, simply said, are like the links in your brain that you pull information through on different subjects. The more associations you have on a particular subject, the stronger that pathway becomes.
For example, if you are actively looking for information about a certain topic, you already have a neural pathway started: an association with that topic. Once you find the information you are looking for, you create another neural pathway: where it is you found that information. Now you know where to reference that information. Once you apply what you learn, you create another pathway: knowing how it worked, what it felt like, what it looked like etc. The more pathways you create, the more alive the memory will be.
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