New Study Demonstrates the Brain’s Ability to Shift and Utilize Different Neural Circuits (MBI News)

New Study Demonstrates the Brain’s Ability to Shift and Utilize Different Neural Circuits

A new study by UF neuroscientists demonstrates an example of the brain’s ability to shift and utilize different neural circuits to perform a task in order to compensate for brain aging.

The rat model study, published recently in the Journal of Neuroscience, was designed to test the hypothesis that cognitive impairments due to the aging of certain brain circuits would result in compensatory use of other brain regions to solve tasks.

The study was led by Garrett Smith, Ph.D., who is in UF’s M.D./Ph.D. program, and Thomas C. Foster, Ph.D., professor of neuroscience and Evelyn F. McKnight Chair for Research on Cognitive Aging and Memory.

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