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Nat Neurosci. 2009 Nov;12(11):1370-1. doi: 10.1038/nn.2412. Epub 2009 Oct 11.

Training induces changes in white-matter architecture.

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Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, Oxford, UK. jscholz@fmrib.ox.ac.uk

Abstract

Although experience-dependent structural changes have been found in adult gray matter, there is little evidence for such changes in white matter. Using diffusion imaging, we detected a localized increase in fractional anisotropy, a measure of microstructure, in white matter underlying the intraparietal sulcus following training of a complex visuo-motor skill. This provides, to the best of our knowledge, the first evidence for training-related changes in white-matter structure in the healthy human adult brain.

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19820707
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PMC2770457
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10.1038/nn.2412
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