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Learning To Breathe After Early Life Sickness

Breathing is essential to life. At birth, the brain quickly adapts and learns to control breathing in different situations. This adaptability is called neuroplasticity. Most breathing-related adjustments in the brain are short-term, like breathing faster during exercise. The brain can also learn from prior experience to prepare for future situations. For example, intermittent exposure to […]

Loss Of Neuroplasticity May Be Linked To Vitamin D Deficiency

The reasons that vitamin D is vital for brain health, and how deficiency leads to disorders including depression and schizophrenia, are investigated in new research from the University of Queensland. “Over a billion people worldwide are affected by vitamin D deficiency, and there is a well-established link between vitamin D deficiency and impaired cognition. Unfortunately, […]

Adult Visual Cortex Retains High Degree Of Neuroplasticity

The world around us changes all the time, and the brain must adapt to these changes. This process, known as neuroplasticity, peaks during development. Abnormal sensory input early in life can therefore cause lasting changes to the structure of the brain. One example of this is amblyopia or ‘lazy eye’. Infants who receive insufficient input […]