Marian C. Diamond, a neuroscientist who overturned long-held beliefs by showing that environmental factors can change the structure of the brain and that the brain continues to develop throughout one’s life, died on July 25 at her home in Oakland, Calif. She was 90. … Dr. Diamond studied the brains of nine stimulated rats and found that all of them had thicker cerebral cortices than their stimulus-deprived counterparts. “This was the first time anyone had ever seen a structural change in an animal’s brain based on different kinds of early life experiences,” she and Janet Hopson wrote in Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nurture Your Child’s Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions From Birth Through Adolescence (1998).
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