Washington: People who are socially isolated for prolonged periods develop less white matter in the region of the brain responsible for complex emotional and cognitive behaviour, a new study has found. The study found that the stress of social isolation disrupts the sequence in which the white matter or myelin-making cells, the oligodendrocytes, are formed. Researchers led by the University at Buffalo found changes in the brain`s white matter or myelin have been seen before in psychiatric disorders, and demyelinating disorders have also had an association with depression. Recently, myelin changes were also seen in very young animals or adolescents responding to environmental changes. The research sheds new light on brain plasticity, the brain`s ability to adapt to environmental changes.
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