Structural plasticity of dendrites

Anna Dunaevsky, Catherine S. Woolley

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Many lines of research have demonstrated structural plasticity of dendrites in the mammalian brain. Historically, the concept of structural plasticity has been incorporated into theories of learning in which structural changes in synaptic connections between neurons are suggested to underlie longterm information storage. However, the fact that circuits encoding learned information are likely to be distributed within and between brain regions, combined with the inability to identify individual cells and synapses involved in learning, makes it difficult to test this hypothesis directly. Even so, a number of experiments have demonstrated consistent experience- or learning-dependent structural changes in dendrites and synapses of cortical structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDendrites
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191724206
ISBN (Print)9780198566564
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain regions
  • Cortical structures
  • Dendrites
  • Neurons
  • Structural plasticity
  • Synaptic connections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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