activity-dependent plasticity in the adult

John E Anderson jander at
Wed Mar 3 10:20:26 EST 1999

Thanks to everyone who responded to my query about activity-dependent
plasticity in the adult brain.  I have read a number of abstracts as a
result of your responses, and have ordered several papers through
interlibrary loan. 

The abstracts indicate that there is little doubt that
activity-dependent plasticity does occur in adult brains.  However, what
I am really after is whether the general feeling (as well as any
relevant publications, of course, if they exist) is that plasticity
ALWAYS increases in the vicinity of active neurons, or just under
certain circumstances. Opinions?  If only under certain circumstances,
what are they?

Thanks again


John E Anderson
Department of Natural Sciences
University of North Florida
Jacksonville FL

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