New theory of synapse formation in the brain

New theory of synapse formation in the brain

The human brain keeps changing throughout a person’s lifetime. Researchers have now been able to ascribe the formation of new neural networks in the visual cortex to a simple homeostatic rule. With this explanation, they also provide a new theory on the plasticity of the brain — and a novel approach to understanding learning processes and treating brain injuries and diseases.

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Oct. 10, 2013 — The human brain keeps changing throughout a person’s lifetime. New connections are continually created while synapses that are no longer in use degenerate. To date, little is known about the mechanisms behind these processes. Jülich neuroinformatician Dr. Markus Butz has now been able to ascribe the formation of new neural networks in the visual cortex to a simple homeostatic rule that is also the basis of many other self-regulating processes in nature. With this explanation, he and his colleague Dr. Arjen van Ooyen from Amsterdam also provide a new theory on the plasticity of the brain — and a novel approach to understanding learning processes and treating brain injuries and diseases.The brains of adult humans are by no means hard wired. Scientists have repeatedly established this fact over the last few years using different imaging techniques. This so-called neuroplasticity not only plays a key role in learning processes, it also enables the brain to recover from injuries and compensate for the loss of functions. …

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