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Gould to give final talk in lecture series, April 25

Elizabeth Gould, professor of psychology, will present the final talk in this year's President's Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 25.

She will deliver an address titled "Structural Plasticity in the Adult Brain" at 4:30 p.m. in McCosh 10.

Gould is a pioneer in dispelling the conventional view in neuroscience that animals -- including primates -- acquire no new neurons or nerve cells once they reach adulthood. Her research has shown that the brain continues to create neurons throughout life, a process called adult neurogenesis. Her recent work has focused on showing how parenting experience alters brain structure in the hippocampus and neocortex, regions important for cognition.

The lecture series was initiated by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2001 to bring together faculty members from different disciplines.

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