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Reprogramming the Cerebral Cortex
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Reprogramming the Cerebral Cortex: Plasticity following central and peripheral lesions

Stephen Lomber and Jos Eggermont


The brain has a remarkable ability to adapt in the event of damage — in many cases shifting responsibility for specific cognitive functions to other non-damaged brain regions. This ‘plasticity’ can be crucial in aiding recovery from stroke, trauma, and peripheral damage such as eye or ear damage. Over the past thirty years our view of cortical plasticity has evolved greatly. Early studies suggested that changes to cortical function due to peripheral lesions could only occur during development and that these plastic changes were specific to a particular temporal window or ‘critical period’. Ove ... More

Keywords: brain damage, cognitive functions, non-damaged brain regions, plasticity, stroke, trauma, peripheral damage, peripheral lesions, developed brain, cerebrum

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198528999
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528999.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Lomber, editor
Associate Professor of Neuroscience & Psychology, Department of Physiology & Pharamcology, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Jos Eggermont, editor
Campbell McLaurin Chair for Hearing Deficiencies, Department of Phyiology and Biophysics, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Canada



Part I Vision

Part II Audition

Part III Somatomotor

Part IV Cross-modal

Part V Cognition

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