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We study how the brain changes when we learn, as we get older, or when we recover damage such as stroke. We use brain imaging to monitor brain change and we aim to develop new approaches to facilitate learning, recovery and healthy brain development and ageing.


PlasticityDefinition: the adaptability of an organism to changes in its environment.



Our brains adapt whenever we learn a new skill, such as juggling. Our brains also adapt as we get older, or following damage such as stroke. Changes in our lifestyle, like taking up exercise, can also affect our brains. Understanding how the brain adapts to change can help us to design new rehabilitation treatments, to promote healthy ageing, or to enhance learning.

The Plasticity Group, lead by Heidi Johansen-Berg, is a multidisciplinary research group using advanced brain imaging techniques to monitor brain change. We also use training programmes, brain stimulation and neurofeedback to try to influence brain change. Find out more about our research projects via the link below.


The Plasticity Group is part of the Neuroplastics collaborative network, which also includes the Physiological Neuroimaging Group headed by Charlotte Stagg and the Action, Cognition & Neurotherapeutics Group headed by Jacinta O'Shea. The three groups work together on research projects as well as public outreach activities.

Selected publications

Past and Current Research Projects

Sleep and Rehabilitation after Stroke

We are interested in finding out how stroke affects people's sleep, whether this might impact on recovery, and how we might be able to improve sleep.

About our research


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Video and audio links

Watch talks and listen to interviews with Plasticity researchers


Press coverage of Plasticity Group research