Neural Plasticity: The Effects of Environment on the Development of the Cerebral Cortex

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Psychology - 284 pages
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Neural plasticity--the brain's ability to change in response to normal developmental processes, experience, and injury--is a critically important phenomenon for both neuroscience and psychology. This book is a unique contribution to research and to the literature on clinical neuroscience.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Early Developmental Events
9
2 Synaptogenesis
37
3 Methods for the Study of Functional Plasticity
68
4 Plasticity in Sensory Systems
88
5 Plasticity in the Motor Cortex
111
6 Plasticity in the Development of Language
131
7 Plasticity in Elective Brain Functions
155
8 Adult Plasticity
170
9 Summing up
189
10 The Practical Relevance of the Findings from Developmental Neurobiology
211
References
217
Author Index
265
Subject Index
271
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Peter R. Huttenlocher is Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology and a member of the Committee on Neurobiology at the University of Chicago.

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