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Nat Neurosci. 2012 Mar 18;15(4):528-36. doi: 10.1038/nn.3045.

Plasticity in gray and white: neuroimaging changes in brain structure during learning.

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Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Abstract

Human brain imaging has identified structural changes in gray and white matter that occur with learning. However, ascribing imaging measures to underlying cellular and molecular events is challenging. Here we review human neuroimaging findings of structural plasticity and then discuss cellular and molecular level changes that could underlie observed imaging effects. Greater dialog between researchers in these different fields would help to facilitate cross-talk between cellular and systems level explanations of how learning sculpts brain structure.

PMID:
22426254
PMCID:
PMC3660656
DOI:
10.1038/nn.3045
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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