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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

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

Josef P. Rauschecker

Oxford University Press

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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