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Abstract

In healthy individuals, motor training elicits cortical plasticity that encodes the kinematic details of the practiced movements and is thought to underlie recovery of function after stroke. The influence of age on this form of plasticity is incompletely understood. We studied 55 healthy subjects and identified a substantial decrease in training-dependent plasticity as a function of age in the absence of differences in training kinematics. These results suggest that the ability of the healthy aging motor cortex to reorganize in response to training decreases with age. Ann Neurol 2003;53:521–524