As Phyllis Porter explains, the brain has millions of neurons that are connected together with synapses. The trillions of synapses make up a network in the brain that helps send stimuli and information from one neuron to another thus facilitating communications. Since the brain operates on a mechanism of “use it or lose it,” connections that are frequently used are retained while those that are not are lost……….
In the article, the author emphasizes on the importance of an enabling environment so as to further the development of the brain. Since it is during early childhood that the connections developed by the brain through synopsis are made permanent……………
To illustrate the importance this, the author discusses what happened to children raised in Romanian orphanages. The children were raised in environmentally deprived facilities where they experienced fewer sounds, colors, pictures, interactions and sights. As a result, their brains ended up being smaller than those of children raised in environmentally facilities with enabling relationships……….