PRUNING

The loss of neurons and their connections that are either unnecessary or not used. This effect is seen most particularly in children who are born with many more neural connections than necessary and they first manifest in rapid cognitive development for the child, and then are lost as they age.

PRUNING: "Pruning reduces the number of neurons and neural connections in an organism."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PRUNING," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/pruning/ (accessed November 23, 2020).
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