The increase in strength of nerve impulses along pathways that have been used previously, either short-term or long-term.
- This increased strength, termed long-term potentiation, can be, despite its name, relatively short-lived.
- Researchers believe these synaptic changes, called long-term potentiation or LTP, are the basis for learning in the brain.
- We hypothesized that in these patients theophylline, a drug that stabilizes breathing, may affect short-term potentiation.
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