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The study of brain plasticity has tended to focus on the synapse, where well-described activity-dependent mechanisms are known to play a key role in learning and memory. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that plasticity occurs beyond the synapse. This review focuses on the emerging concept of white matter plasticity. For example, there is growing evidence, both from animal studies and from human neuroimaging, that activity-dependent regulation of myelin may play a role in learning. This previously overlooked phenomenon may provide a complementary but powerful route through which experience shapes the brain.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.neuron.2017.11.026

Type

Journal article

Journal

Neuron

Publication Date

20/12/2017

Volume

96

Pages

1239 - 1251

Keywords

MRI, learning, myelin, plasticity, white matter