1999 Breakthrough in Proving the Human Brain’s Plasticity

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Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on anxiety
Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.

In 1998, Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D., received NARSAD Grant funding to support his quest to understand what happens when stress impacts and seems to “damage” the brain. While his research confirmed that stress does impact the brain and can cause shrinkage in the hippocampus region, for example, he also found that the impact is not necessarily permanent “damage.” He discovered the brain’s inherent capacity to adapt and remodel its architecture. His groundbreaking work effectively established what is now known as “neuroplasticity” in the field.

Read an Interview with Dr. McEwen featured in The Quarterly, Fall 2013.

Read an abstract about this research discovery in the Annual Review of Neuroscience.

Read an abstract about this research discovery in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Read an abstract about this research discovery in the Priceedings of the National Academy of Science.

 

 

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hi iv suffered from an anxiety disorder from the age of around 7+ my lifeall started to change ,mum and dad separated then my dad passed away , he disappeared for a year(there was rewards out for information etc about my father) I never got over it, I don t know if this is the cause or not, but from around 7 iv felt like I was diff and felt horrible around people , its snow balled now and im now 33 and I feel its crippled me from a normal life, u would never know this to look at me I am told by anyone that finds out I suffer with this horrible condition, I have zero and I really do mean zero confidence but people really think I com across as confident but to me im dying inside, could you please help me in anyway xx

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