Some neurons have the ability to detect and compensate for neighboring neurons, while others do not. The findings shed new light on synaptic plasticity.
A new series of studies review the roles neuroplasticity and neurogenesis play in alcohol addiction and recovery.
Glutamate is first released near the AMPA-type glutamate receptors, then released near the NMDA-type receptors immediately after the first signal to activate the switch for synaptic plasticity.
Astrocytes, not microglia, are responsible for constantly eliminating unnecessary and excessive adult synaptic connections in response to brain activity.
Diet-induced changes to the reward system and innate differences may predispose mice to over-eating.
Researchers discover how the brain adapts in a study of children born without a corpus callosum.