Monday, March 1, 2010

The Plastic Brain

Posted By on Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 7:29 PM

24351_361588982106_342986002106_5253140_2866066_n.jpg
  • CARL PHILABAUM

Leslie Tolbert, regents' professor in neuroscience and vice president for research, is the speaker tomorrow in the latest free talk in the UA's Mind and Brain Tuesday night lecture series at 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

The human brain is the most complex object known to us. It contains billions of nerve cells, each of which may make thousands of connections, in immense networks of circuitry that control our sense of self and our appreciation of—and interaction with—the world around us. In the last half century we learned that we are born with raw circuitry that quickly tunes itself to the environment we encounter. Now we are learning that the properties that allow nerve cells to achieve this "plasticity" in response to the early environment are controlled by the very same genes that drive learning and memory in adults.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by Jim Nintzel

  • By the Time We Got to Woodstock…

    Jim talks about all the Woodstock anniversary, our #Greenshirtguy column, toads and more in this week's edition.
    • Aug 15, 2019
  • Candid Camera

    Jim Nintzel talks about our cover story this week and introduces the rest of the content in this edition of the Tucson weekly.
    • Aug 8, 2019
  • Time To Vote!

    • Aug 1, 2019
  • More »
Today | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon
Beginner/Intermediate Aerial Silks

Beginner/Intermediate Aerial Silks @ Circus Sanctuary

Mondays, 5:30-6:45 p.m. and Mondays, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Continues through Oct. 7

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

The Musical World of Fairy Tales

Come celebrate and enjoy music from favorite fairy tale movies and musicals including Shrek, Wicked, Wizard of… More

@ Arizona Rose Theatre Sat., Aug. 24, 7-9 p.m., Sun., Aug. 25, 2-4 p.m., Sat., Aug. 31, 7-9 p.m., Sun., Sept. 1, 2-4 p.m., Sat., Sept. 7, 7-9 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 8, 2-4 p.m. 4500 N Oracle Rd, Suite 329

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. Claytoon of the Day: Bigly Crowds (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. A [Fill in the Blank] as the Democratic Presidential Candidate? I Guess Democrats Just Want to Lose. (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Interview With TUSD Board Member Leila Counts (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Carmina Robles | Los Colores (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. Adoptable Pet: Paulie Needs a Home (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2019 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation