title Critical period mechanisms of visual cortical plasticity
description "Dr. Hensch's group made the surprising finding that the maturation of inhibitory circuits - such as the stunted development of wiring in visual cortex from an eye deprived of vision - controls the timing of early brain plasticity. By directly manipulating the onset of such inhibitory transmission within the brain, Dr. Hensch and his colleagues have shown that neural plasticity mirrors this timing, a finding that has had a major impact on developmental neuroscience. He continues to investigate the structural and molecular mechanisms of these phenomena, as well as the role of rhythmic electrical activity that occurs in the brain during sleep, visual experience, and brain plasticity."
producer National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda
featuring Takao Hensch
format Real Video
direct video link http://videocast.nih.gov/launch.asp?13781
Tags: webcast brain lecture neuroscience development neuroplasticity vision NIH