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Anatomical Brain Changes Induced by Environment

  • Marian Cleeves Diamond
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Abstract

Twenty-six years ago I began to study the structure and function of the brain, because I believed that the greatest plague inflicting mankind was initiated by the brain. Ecclesiastes tells us that vanity and vexation of spirit are the characteristics of man, whether he be rich or poor. And only a creature with a brain would invent and suffer from such cognitive ills. If the biological basis of behavior were found, perhaps man's existence could be a better lot. By understanding the structural and functional mechanisms of behavior, man might even solve his ancient emotional problems. Just how far have we come? Only after joining the team of Krech, Rosenzweig, and Bennett did I think I was taking steps in the right direction toward correlating learning behavior with brain anatomy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marian Cleeves Diamond
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  1. 1.Department of Physiology-AnatomyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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