Fetal Alcohol Exposure Reduces Adult Brain Plasticity
Publication Date: January 2007
Publisher(s): National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Brain development; Neonatal health; Toxic substances
Coverage: United States
Observations of mice from birth through young adulthood showed that fetal exposure to alcohol alters the development of brain architecture and can disturb adult brain plasticity by impeding the survival of neurons produced in adulthood and impairing the brain’s ability to remodel itself later in life.