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Big question: What if we could turn back the clock in the brain and recapture its earlier plasticity?

neuroplasticity-Return to the Teenage Brain (The New York Times):

“Neuroplasticity–the brain’s ability to form new neural connections and be influenced by the environment–is greatest in childhood and adolescence, when the brain is still a work in progress. But this window of opportunity is finite. Eventually it slams shut. Or so we thought…What if we could turn back the clock in the brain and recapture its earlier plasticity?”

To learn more:

Three pioneers of neuroplasticity research discuss the present and future of rewiring the brain

neuroplasticity-A DISCUSSION WITH EVE MARDER, MICHAEL MERZENICH AND CARLA SHATZ (2016 KAVLI PRIZE IN NEUROSCIENCE):

“Our view of the brain as something constantly shaped by thought and experience is only a few decades old, yet it has profoundly influenced how we teach and treat, raise our young and care for the old.

Eve Marder, Michael Merzenich and Carla Shatz are three researchers who, in very different ways, have revealed that the brain is highly changeable, or plastic. Read the rest of this entry »

Three neuroscientists win $1 million Kavli Prize for discovering brain’s plasticity

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Three neuroscientists win $1m award for discovering brain’s plasticity (STAT):

“Three neuroscientists whose research overturned decades-old notions about how and whether the brain can change in response to experience have won a $1 million Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

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DARPA launches Targeted Neuroplasticity Training program to accelerate cognitive skills training

--TNT technology will be designed to safely and precisely modulate peripheral nerves to control synaptic plasticity during cognitive skill training.

— TNT technology will be designed to safely and precisely modulate peripheral nerves to control synaptic plasticity during cognitive skill training.

Boosting Synaptic Plasticity to Accelerate Learning (DARPA news):

“The body’s branching network of peripheral nerves connects neurons in the brain and spinal cord to organs, skin, and muscles, regulating a host of biological functions from digestion to sensation to locomotion. But the peripheral nervous system can do even more than that…pushing those limits further, DARPA aims to enlist the body’s peripheral nerves to achieve something that has long been considered the brain’s domain alone: facilitating learning. Read the rest of this entry »

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