Cortical plasticity: It's all the range!

Curr Biol. 2001 Jan 23;11(2):R57-9. doi: 10.1016/s0960-9822(01)00015-x.


When rats learn a motor skill, synaptic potentials in the motor cortex are enhanced. A new study has revealed that this learning-induced enhancement limits further synaptic potentiation, but not synaptic depression. These findings support the view that activity-dependent synaptic plasticity is the brain's memory mechanism.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiology*
  • Neuronal Plasticity*