Experience powerfully shapes structural and functional organization of neurons during development and in adulthood. Recent experiments in the mouse primary somatosensory cortex now suggest that experience is also a critical factor in shaping neurovasculature and promoting angiogenesis. These results support the universality of brain plasticity and show that all structural cellular components in the brain, from neuron and glia to epithelia, are shaped by experience.
- barrel cortex
- sensory experience
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