Why you can’t teach an old mouse new tricks

Posted by on April 20, 2016 5:15 pm
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The ability to adapt to changes in the environment is key to survival, but this type of behavioral flexibility is often impaired in older individuals. A study in mice shows that the age-related decline in forming new behaviors is partly due to the deterioration of a brain circuit that plays a key role in goal-directed learning.

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