Study reveals structural changes of connectivity in the thalamus to other brain areas in those with congenital blindness, providing evidence of brain plasticity. The areas of the thalamus that connect with the occipital lobe in those with blindness are weaker and smaller, giving space to connections in the temporal cortex which are strengthened.
Findings support modern thought that neural networks store information by making short-term alterations to the synapses. The study sheds new light on short-term synaptic plasticity in recent memory storage.
In the olfactory bulb, levels of oxytocin rise and peak when new neurons incorporate themselves into neural networks. The findings shed new light on adult neurogenesis and brain plasticity.
Hemispherectomy patients who had a hemisphere of their brain removed during childhood can correctly recognize differences between pairs of words or faces 80% of the time, a new study reports. The findings reveal how the brain adapts when it is highly plastic.
In children who experienced a left-hemisphere stroke within days of birth, brain plasticity allows the right hemisphere to acquire language abilities normally handled by the left hemisphere while maintaining its own language ability as well.
A new study reveals how our brain swiftly adapts to compensate for dynamic and abrupt essential changes in behavior.
Researchers discuss how psychedelics can affect the brain and provide therapeutic benefits for those suffering from a range of psychiatric disorders.
A new study of the hippocampus reveals immature, plastic neurons are present in significant numbers during the entire lifespan. The findings shed new light on neuroplasticity.
Researchers have developed a virtual robotic arm that can be controlled by a person's feet in a virtual environment to provide an "extra" limb. After training, users reported feeling the virtual limb felt as though it was part of their physical body.
Findings shed light on how plastic and stable neural populations are able to co-exist in the brain.