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ERIC Number: ED503045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Prenatal and Infant Exposure to an Environmental Pollutant Damages Brain Architecture and Plasticity. Science Briefs
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
"Science Briefs" summarize the findings and implications of a recent study in basic science or clinical research. This Brief reports on the study "Perinatal Exposure to a Noncoplanar Bichlorinated Biphenol Alters Tonotopy, Receptive Fields and Plasticity in the Auditory Cortex" (T. Kenet; R. C. Froemke; C. E. Schreiner; I. N. Pessah; and M. M. Merzenich). The study found that animals exposed to PCBs, an environmental pollutant, had impaired ability to recognize sounds of different frequencies, as well as impaired development of auditory circuits, a key mechanism for learning new skills [Title and Authors: Perinatal exposure to a noncoplanar bichlorinated biphenol alters tonotopy, receptive fields and plasticity in the auditory cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA 104:7646-7651. Kenet, T., Froemke, R.C., Schreiner, C.E., Pessah, I.N. and Merzenich, M.M.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
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