May 29, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Neuroscientists Discover New Phase of Synaptic Development

Breakthrough Could Lead to Better Understanding of Learning and Memory

Students preparing for final exams might want to wait before pulling an all-night cram session — at least as far as their neurons are concerned. Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists have discovered a new intermediate phase in neuronal development during which repeated exposure to a stimulus shrinks synapses.