Early experiences shape neuronal populations in surprising ways

How the brain morphs from a cluster of cells in the womb to a fully-fledged, immensely complex organ is a huge question to answer. Breaking research uncovers the importance of early visual experience in shaping the way in which neurons behave.The developing brain is still shrouded in mystery. The nature-nurture debate formed the backbone of scientific inquiry for many years. As researchers have discovered more about the ways in which animals develop, it has become increasingly clear that both nature and nurture have vital roles. It is no longer a discussion of whether genes or environment are the primary influence; it is now a case of understanding how each works together to create the final product. Both are equally important in their own right. Recent research, carried out at The…


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