Professor and co-corresponding author Terrence Sejnowski, along with collaborators at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Otago, in New Zealand, found that connections in the brain not only expand as needed in response to learning or experiencing new things, but that others shrink as a result. The work could shed light on conditions in which memory formation is impaired, such as depression or Alzheimer’s disease.
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- Emily ManoogianWhen Emily Manoogian was growing up, “scientist” wasn’t even on her list of potential careers. First Manoogian wanted to be a Broadway tap dancer; then a gymnast; later, a lawyer; and finally, towards the end of high school, a veterinarian.
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