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Antidepressant Reduces Neural Inhibition And Improves Brain Plasticity With Implications For Stroke Rehabilitation

The healthy brain has balance of excitatory and inhibitory signals that stimulate activity but also keep it under control. Some brain diseases, like autism and Down’s syndrome, have too much inhibition, which impairs cognitive functions. Reducing inhibition appears to improve cognition, and it can restore juvenile plasticity in the adult brain, making it more adaptable. […]

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Researchers Explain Exceptional Visual Abilities In Autism

Researchers directed by Dr. Laurent Mottron at the University of Montreal’s Centre for Excellence in Pervasive Development Disorders (CETEDUM) have determined that people with autism concentrate more brain resources in the areas associated with visual detection and identification, and conversely, have less activity in the areas used to plan and control thoughts and actions. This […]

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Cognitive Training May Delay Onset Of Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms Through Brain Plasticity

The human brain loses 5 to 10% of its weight between the ages of 20 and 90 years old. While some cells are lost, the brain is equipped with two compensatory mechanisms: plasticity and redundancy. Based on the results of a recent clinical study published in the online version of Brain, A Journal of Neurology, […]

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New Insight Into The Brain’s Ability To Reorganize Itself (Plasticity)

When Geoffrey Murphy, Ph.D., talks about plastic structures, he is not talking about the same thing as Mr. McGuire in The Graduate. To Murphy, an associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology at the University of Michigan Medical School, plasticity refers to the brain’s ability to change as we learn. The results are published online […]

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Neuropsychologist Shows That Some Blind People “See” With Their Ears

Dr. Olivier Collignon of the University of Montreal’s Saint-Justine Hospital Research Centre compared the brain activity of people who can see and people who were born blind, and discovered that the part of the brain that normally works with our eyes to process vision and space perception can actually rewire itself to process sound information […]

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Unconscious Neuronal Processes That Underlie Conscious Perception Are Flexible And Trainable

Our brains process many more stimuli than we become aware of. Often images enter our brain without being noticed: visual information is being processed, but does not reach consciousness; that is, we do not have an impression of it. Then, what is the difference between conscious and unconscious perception, and can both forms of perception […]

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