Learning takes place mainly at synapses, the junctions between neurons. The What Happens to Our Brain When Learning Occurs Infographic presents how the involved synapses change when we learn something new. Once the information is stored, the more we recall what we’ve learned, the more simultaneous the process becomes. This same reaction occurs when learning any new information, including a new skill. What’s even more amazing, is that as we learn, our brain actually grows! While the brain may be incredible, it is also sensitive. Staying up late and feeling fatigued can cause problems in the cortex, which is the main area in the brain for storing information. It’s also becoming common knowledge that learning things slowly, over a period of time, is most beneficial for memory.