I ran into a good book at Barnes & Noble (the public library) called The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. He delves into deep practice and myelin as the basis for excellence in any endeavor from music to sports.
Myelin is likened to building a broadband pipeline for your neurons to transit.
According to Coyle, skill is myelin insulation that wraps neural circuits and that grows according to certain signals.
All of this falls into the notion of deep practice, not so much long practices. However, if you combine your concentrated efforts with the 10,000 hours you can become a worldwide expert in practically anything.
Scientists are delving into how to build up myelin to combat disease, or how to restore it in older individuals.
“In MS, the body’s own immune system attacks and damages myelin, causing disruption to messages sent around the brain and spinal cord; symptoms are unpredictable and include problems with mobility and balance, pain, and severe fatigue. The body has a natural ability to repair myelin, but with age this becomes less effective.” – http://scitechconnect.elsevier.com/vitamin-d-nerve-damage-multiple-sclerosis/
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