ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
September 6, 2019
WHAT IS POTENTIATION?
AND WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?
The purpose of the potentiation process (long-term potentiation) in your life is to make cellular communication possible among all of the neuron brain cells throughout your brain and body (your nervous system).
The potentiation process activates the 100 billion neurons in all of the many neuronal pathways of your connectome. It strengthens the action potential spikes in a particular neuronal pathway by adding connections to more neurons through the repeated signaling of biochemical currents (ionic impulses) along a specific pathway.
The biochemical signaling process is what causes a habit to form through the repetition of a physical behavior or a mental idea until it is remembered in your long-term memory system. This happens because of the deliberate association of strong emotions with the behavior or the repetition of a behavior due to your deliberate intention or simply because of routine incidental unconscious behaviors of which you are not aware.
The actual biological process involves the inside of neuronal pathways when biochemical currents (electro-chemical ionic impulses) create "memory triggers" that are "wired" into your long-term memory system.
This fundamental biological process can produce new memories of all the sensations that your mind's mental force is aware of from both inside and outside your body. For example, procedural memory ("muscle memory"), which is one form of declarative memory, deals specifically with physical skills and habits of movement.
This learning ability is made possible by the potentiation process, which is the repeated signaling of thousands or hundreds of thousands of action potential spikes. They originate in the cell bodies of millions of neurons and are forwarded from the working memory system of your cerebrum to the long-term memory system of your limbic system.
RECOMMENDATION: You can re-read this summary according to a reinforcement schedule, such as a few hours later and a few days later and then several times in the next week or two. This strategy can help you take advantage of the power of the spaced-repetition method of memorization. Such deep introspection can change your adaptive self-identity and increase your self-esteem (positive emotions about yourself).
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