Neurogenesis and Synaptogenesis

  1. Neurogenesis is the process by which neurons are generated from the neural stem cells and progenitor cells.
  2. Synaptogenesis is the formation of synapses between neurons in the nervous system. Although it occurs throughout a healthy person's lifespan, an explosion of synapse formation occurs during early brain development.
  3. Synaptic pruning is the process of synapse elimination that occurs between early childhood and the onset of puberty in many mammals.