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Neurons fire like electrical circuits

Neurons are a kind of cell in the brain (humans have many cells in the body, including fat cells, kidney cells, and gland cells). A neuron is essentially like a hub that works with nearby neurons to generate
an electrical and chemical charge.

Dr Likosky of the Swedish Medical Institute says another way of thinking about neurons is that they are like a basketball and the connections (called axons) are like electrical wires that connect to other neurons. This creates
a kind of circuit in the human body.

Tallal explained that input from the fi ve senses in the body cause neurons to fire.“The more often a collection of neurons are stimulated together in time, the more likely they are to bind together and the easier and
easier it becomes for that pattern of neurons to fi re in synchrony as well as sequentially,” says Tallal.

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