Like most of us, the neuroscientist Dr David Eagleman clearly remembers that moment last March when the world began to shut down. “As we went into quarantine, we all thought what a crazy two or three weeks it’s going to be — and here we are, almost a year later.”
Living our whole lives essentially online for nearly a year has changed our brains, no question, says Eagleman, who teaches brain plasticity at Stanford University. With more than 86 billion neurons, each with 10,000 connections to its neighbours, our brain is constantly reconfiguring its circuitry in response to new challenges.
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