Neural Plasticity

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Harvard University Press, 2002 - Psychology - 274 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. Increasing evidence about the extent of plasticity--long past the supposedly critical first three years--has recently emerged. Neural Plasticity offers the first succinct and lucid integration of this research and its implications.

Pointing out the negative and the positive consequences of plasticity, Peter Huttenlocher describes plasticity in children and adults (in normal aging and in response to trauma), in sensory systems, the motor cortex, higher cortical functions, and language development, proceeding system by system, and paying particular attention to the cerebral cortex. One of the book's strengths is its range of references, not only to studies on human subjects but to the experimental study of animal models as well. This book will be a unique contribution to research and to the literature on clinical neuroscience.

 

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Contents

Neuroanatomical Substances Early Developmental Events
9
Synaptogenesis
37
Methods for the Study of Functional Plasticity
68
Plasticity in Sensory Systems
88
Plasticity in the Motor Cortex
111
Plasticity in the Development of Language
131
Plasticity in Elective Brain Functions
155
Adult Plasticity
170
Summing Up
189
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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