Neuronal Plasticity: Building a Bridge from the Laboratory to the Clinic

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Jordan Grafman, Yves Christen
Springer, 1999 - Medical - 190 pages
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Over the last twenty years there has been an explosive growth in our understanding of the molecular, cellular, & anatomical changes that occur in the days & weeks following brain injury. It is now clear that training & exposure to certain environments can modify & shape neuronal plasticity in lower animals & humans. In humans, in particular, there are new ways of charting neuronal plasticity at the ensemble or regional level using functional neuroimaging techniques, such as positron emission tomography & functional magnetic resonance imaging. This volume provides some impetus to moving the field of cognitive neuroscience a little further in its efforts to improve the lives of patients who have suffered a debilitating brain injury. From the Contents: Pathological mutations of nicotinic receptors & nicotine-based therapies for brain disorders.- Towards ecology of cortical organization: Experience & the changing brain.- Pain & neuroplasticity.- Auditory cortical plasticity & sensory substitution.- Functional relevance of cortical plasticity.- "Anomalous" representations & perceptions: Implications for human neuroplasticity.- Neuroplasticity in the Adjustment to blindness.- The perception of actions: Its putative effect on Neuronal plasticity.- And much more...

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Pathological Mutations of Nicotinic Receptors and NicotineBased
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Experience
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Pain and Neuroplasticity
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Jordan Grafman is the Chief of the Cognitive Neuroscience Section at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, USA.

Yves Christen is one of Europe's most prolific science writers. Trained at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France, he holds his doctorate in immunogenetics, and master's degrees in psychology, biochemistry, and animal biology. The author or co-author of ten books, he has edited nine others. He is currently science editor of "Le Figaro Magazine.

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