White Matter and Learning in the Brain – 5
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Neuroscientists interested in studying learning have used various techniques for investigation. One is brain imaging – and scientists are seeing that white matter really does matter.
Fields: Brain is composed of two tissues: gray matter and white matter.
Narrator: Dr. Douglas Fields is with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child and Health Development.
Fields: So it’s the new human brain imaging that has shown differences in white matter and originally, in terms of pathology, and differences in ability.
Narrator: Dr. Fields' research has shown on a cellular level that experience helps to drive changes in the brain’s white matter which is evidence that it is involved in learning. Learn more at www.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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