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Reprogramming the Cerebral CortexPlasticity following central and peripheral lesions$
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Stephen Lomber and Jos Eggermont

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198528999

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528999.001.0001

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Adaptive plasticity and sensory substitution in the cerebral cortex

Adaptive plasticity and sensory substitution in the cerebral cortex

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(p.361) Chapter 21 Adaptive plasticity and sensory substitution in the cerebral cortex
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Reprogramming the Cerebral Cortex
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Josef P. Rauschecker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528999.003.0021

This chapter considers adaptive plasticity which allows experience-based cortical expansion within a modality if used as a model for the cross-modal plasticity accompanying the loss of a sense. This plasticity is shown through auditory and somatosensory activity in occipital cortex in blind subjects. Hebbian principles are thought to be the underlying mechanism of this reorganization.

Keywords:   cortical expansion, occipital cortex, visual plasticity, somatosensory plasticity, auditory plasticity

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