Q. Can one be measured for brain plasticity and/or brain “damage” resulting from stress?
Answer By: Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.
Alfred E. Mirsky Professor
Head, Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology
The Rockefeller University
Not really, except in cases of stroke or head trauma. Neuropsychological tests of memory and executive function are best to reveal deficits, which in many cases may be due to a sedentary life style and lack of adequate rest and may be reversible with physical activity, as I describe above.