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New tricks and old spines

Imaging of brain structures in living mice reveals that learning new tasks leads to persistent remodelling of synaptic structures, with each new skill associated with a small and unique assembly of new synapses.

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Figure 1: Structural remodelling associated with motor task learning1,2.


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Ziv, N., Ahissar, E. New tricks and old spines. Nature 462, 859–861 (2009).

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