Prenatal and Infant Exposure to an Environmental Pollutant Damages Brain Architecture and Plasticity
Publication Date: January 2007
Publisher(s): National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Toxic substances; Developmental neurobiology; Neonatal health
Coverage: United States
This study found that animals exposed to PCBs, an environmental pollutant, had impaired ability to recognize sounds of different frequencies, as well as impaired development of auditory circuits, a key mechanism for learning new skills.