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ERIC Number: EJ869591
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0278-2626
Growth of White Matter in the Adolescent Brain: Myelin or Axon?
Paus, Tomas
Brain and Cognition, v72 n1 p26-35 Feb 2010
White matter occupies almost half of the human brain. It contains axons connecting spatially segregated modules and, as such, it is essential for the smooth flow of information in functional networks. Structural maturation of white matter continues during adolescence, as reflected in age-related changes in its volume, as well as in its microstructure. Here I review recent observations obtained with magnetic resonance imaging in typically developing adolescents and point out some of the known variations in structural properties of white matter vis-a-vis brain function in health and disease. I conclude by re-focusing the interpretations of MR-based studies of white matter from myelin to axon. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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