The Aging Brain Benefits from Persistent Sensory Experience

Scientists have learned that the preconceived belief that one’s brain is completely wired by adolescence, may be untrue.  Researchers from the Mac Planck Florida Institute (MPFI) and New York’s Columbia University studied the effect of sensory experiences on the brains of older rats, and found that when changing these experiences, the rat’s brains were able to rewire.  Though the study has only been used with rats, researchers believe it does have implications for humans as well.  Marcel Oberlaender, PhD and first author of the study said, “This may suggest that if one stops learning and experiencing new things as one ages, a substantial amount of connections within the brain may be lost.”
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