The brain plasticity is now widely accepted, but until now there has been little research into the phenomenon.
Now researchers from the University of Sydney have used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the plasticity of the human brain.
The research found that there is no difference in plasticity between the brains of men and women.
“There is an idea that the brain is more plastic in men, because the brain itself is more male,” Professor Brian Dennison, the lead author of the paper, said.
“This is just not the case.”
He said the research had been performed on the brains and brains of 14 male volunteers.
It was also done on 13 female volunteers, and the results revealed no differences in plastic activity.
“The brain is highly plastic, and that’s a fact that’s widely acknowledged by psychologists, neuroscientists, clinicians and others,” Professor Dennion said.
The study was published in the journal Current Biology.
The findings are important for understanding the neural circuitry that underlies brain plastic change, and it may offer insights into the mechanisms behind plasticity in other areas of the brain.
Professor Denny said the study was also important for future research, which was looking at how plastic changes are maintained over time in the brains, or the connections between the different regions of the same brain.
“We need to understand why brain plastic changes occur, why they are persistent over time and what we can do about them,” Professor, Denny, said, “because if we can identify those changes that we can develop new therapies to reverse or reverse the brain plasticities, or perhaps even repair them.”