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Prenatal and Infant Exposure to an Environmental Pollutant Damages Brain Architecture and Plasticity

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

Funder(s): John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Funder(s): John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Population and demographics (Children and youth)

Keywords: Toxic substances; Developmental neurobiology; Neonatal health

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

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.