Brain May Compensate for Injury

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say when a region of the brain dealing with memory is damaged, another area of the brain may compensate.

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, say when the region of the brain known as the amygdala is not available, another brain region called the bed nuclei may begin forming memories.

The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may have implications for those recovering from brain injuries.

“Our results suggest some optimism that when a particular brain region that is thought to be essential for a function is lost, other brain regions suddenly are freed to take on the task,” study senior author Michael Fanselow says in a statement. “If we can find ways of promoting this compensation, then we may be in a better position to help patients who have lost memory function due to brain damage, such as those who have had a stroke or have Alzheimer’s disease.”

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