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22 October 2010

Younger brains are easier to rewire

A new paper shows that it is easier to rewire the brain early in life.

A new paper shows that it is easier to rewire the brain early in life. The researchers found that a small part of the brain's visual cortex that processes motion became reorganised only in the brains of subjects who had been born blind, not those who became blind later in life.

In the 1950s and '60s, scientists began to think that certain brain functions develop normally only if an individual is exposed to relevant information, such as language or visual information, within a specific time period early in life. After that, they theorised, the brain loses the ability to change in response to new input.

 
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