The brain of adults has higher plasticity than was thought in the past, this is confirmed by changes in its structure after treatment for depression, TASS reported with reference to the press service of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECN).

Professor of Frankfurt University in Germany Jonathan Reppl, whose words are quoted in the press service, said that with successful treatment of severe forms of depression for six weeks, changes in the structure of the brain can be noticed. He noted that the structure of the brain of adult patients and the nature of the connections between its different departments are changing. According to Jonathan Repple, the therapy increased the number of connections between neurons in the brains of patients, especially in patients whose treatment gave the best results.

Previously, it was believed that the plasticity of the organ is inherent only in children – severe brain injuries received at an early age, as a rule, do not lead to the development of cognitive impairment, as occurs in adults. With age, the brain quickly lost this property, the professor explained.

Scientists now believe that the concept of low variability in the structure of the adult brain is incorrect.

Earlier, British accounts stated that the human brain after death still recognizes the sounds around for some time, despite the fact that the body has ceased to function.