Neuronal plasticity: historical roots and evolution of meaning

  title={Neuronal plasticity: historical roots and evolution of meaning},
  author={Giovanni Berlucchi and Henry A. Buchtel},
  journal={Experimental Brain Research},
In this paper, we outline some important milestones in the history of the term “plasticity” in reference to the nervous system. Credit is given to William James for first adopting the term to denote changes in nervous paths associated with the establishment of habits; to Eugenio Tanzi for first identifying the articulations between neurons, not yet called synapses, as possible sites of neural plasticity; to Ernesto Lugaro for first linking neural plasticity with synaptic plasticity; and to… CONTINUE READING

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