15 plasticity and brain dev

15 plasticity and brain dev - 3/16/11! Research positions...

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3/16/11 1 Research positions in the B.A.B.Y. Lab http://babylab.psych.cornell.edu Applications are in the “research opportunities for students” section 2 Behavioral and neural plasticity Structure of a neuron: 3 Behavioral and neural plasticity Neural architecture changes over time 4 Behavioral and neural plasticity Neural architecture changes over time Synaptic pruning Synaptogenesis 5 Behavioral and neural plasticity • Plasticity: ability to alter structure or function of the nervous system • Neurons are inherently plastic and constantly modiFable • Types of change: –Morphology (dendritic generation and synaptic receptor generation/elimination) –Number (cell death) –Connectivity (synapse elimination) 6 Plasticity is a deFning feature of the brain • Plasticity in neural development • Plasticity at molecular level –Changes in neurotransmitter receptors in response to synaptic activity level • Plasticity in endocrine regulation –Pheromone exposure can delay or accelerate puberty • Plasticity in sensory systems –Visual, auditory, tactile (somatosensory)
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2011 for the course PSYCH 2090 taught by Professor Goldstein, m during the Spring '07 term at Cornell.

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