Lee, Kanold, and colleagues theorize that the observed rewiring of mice’s brains arises from a temporary increase in the brain’s “malleability.” This state, they say, is akin to a “critical period” that occurs in our early youth, when our brains continuously adapts to the surrounding soundscape. As a result, entirely new nerve connections are formed."
Petrus E, Isaiah A, Lee H, et al. Crossmodal Induction of Thalamocortical Potentiation Leads to Enhanced Information in the Auditory Cortex. Neuron. 2014.
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Though these scientific findings have only been with mice, there seems to be potential consequences for humans. Until the findings are verified with further research, what might we make of the results, do with them?
In zazen, sitting, we are not in the dark, our eyes are not closed. Nevertheless, if you sit zazen, if you sit for extended periods, for sesshin of days or even longer training periods, what do you notice about your senses both during those times and afterwards?
(c) 2014 Elihu Genmyo Smith