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Reactivation of Ocular Dominance Plasticity in the Adult Visual Cortex
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The mature ECM is thus inhibitory for experience-dependent plasticity, and degradation of CSPGs reactivates cortical plasticity.
Perceptual learning specific for orientation and spatial frequency
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An experiment on perceptual learning in the discrimination of gratings of different waveform shows that learning is specific for both the orientation and the spatial frequency of the practice stimulus.
Structural and functional recovery from early monocular deprivation in adult rats.
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It is found that chondroitinase ABC treatment coupled with reverse lid-suturing causes a complete recovery of ocular dominance, visual acuity, and dendritic spine density in adult rats, suggesting manipulations of the extracellular matrix can be used to promote functional recovery in the adult cortex.
Environment and brain plasticity: towards an endogenous pharmacotherapy.
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This survey aims to review past and recent work concerning the influence exerted by the environment on brain plasticity processes, with special emphasis on the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms and starting from experimental work on animal models to move to highly relevant work performed in humans.
Brain‐derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is required for the enhancement of hippocampal neurogenesis following environmental enrichment
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It is concluded that BDNF but not NT‐4 is required for the environmental induction of neurogenesis, and failure to up‐regulate BDNF accompanied the lack of a neurogenic response in enriched BDNF heterozygous mice.
Critical periods during sensory development
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