Adult brain shows more plasticity than previously believed [Science Blog]

by Limbic on August 27, 2004

From Science Blog:

Mice ”rewired” to receive visual cues in the hearing region of their brains learned to respond to a fear-inducing flashing light as if they had heard it instead of seen it. This research shows that even the adult brain is far more plastic, or adaptable, than previously believed. If extended to humans, this may mean that in the future, individuals with brain damage from aging, disease or injury may be able to have stimuli from the outside world routed in new ways to major brain structures–even those responsible for emotional responses and learning. MORE

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