U.S. neuroscientists are starting a 5-year project to learn how sensory deprivation in children might lead to abnormal brain function as adults.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $10.3 million, 5-year grant for neuroscience research at the University of Wyoming.

We will study activity-dependent changes in the way the brain is organized and how neurons, the cells of the brain, are interconnected and function, said Bill Flynn, principal investigator and director of the university’s Neuroscience Program.

Flynn said the research will advance understanding of the nervous system’s ability to change in response to the environment, experiences or trauma. He said the research has implications for understanding how, for example, sensory deprivation in children may lead to abnormal brain function as adults.