Neuroplasticity in Learning and Rehabilitation

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Gerry Leisman, Joav Merrick
Nova Science Publishers, Incorporated, 2016 - Brain - 263 pages
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We possess as a cognitively aware species a high degree of function localization, but we still subscribe to the notion consistent with the model that dysfunction or damage to specific regions of the brain and nervous system may result in specific damage and deficits in behavior and function of individuals. Unfortunately, that is not enough to explain the capacity for plasticity, regeneration, spontaneous recovery, and optimization in neurological terms, and certainly not in its translation in clinical rehabilitation. Among the difficulties we face in the application of rehabilitation science in practice, the need to understand how the nervous system functions is less than understanding how it recovers from dysfunction, how we can effectively evaluate function, dysfunction and recovery, and how to provide a rational basis for making economic decisions about which method or methodology to invest. A neuroanatomical conceptualization is a not an option for rehabilitation practice. It is important to understand that what we are really attempting to achieve both in rehabilitation as well as in understanding the neurological basis of cognitive and motor improvement after trauma or stroke is not which brain area controls a given cognitive function, but how efficiently brain regions cooperate with each other and how novel connectivities may develop.

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Gerry Leisman, MD, PhD, BCFM is an Israeli neuroscientist educated in the United Kingdom and the United States in medicine, neuroscience, and biomedical engineering at the University of Manchester, the City University of New York, and Union University. He holds the position of Director of the National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences-Israel in Nazareth, Israel and Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at O.R.T.-Braude College of Engineering in Karmiel, Israel. He is also Professor of Restorative Neurology at the Universidad de Ciencias Medicas de la Habana, Faculdad Manuel Fajardo, Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Havana Cuba. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation and Ergonomics. He has been active since the early 1970s in the promotion of consciousness as a scientifically tractable problem, and has been particularly influential in arguing that consciousness can now be approached using the modern tools of neurobiology and understood by mechanisms of theoretical physics. He has also been influential in examining mechanisms of self-organizing systems in the brain and nervous system for cognitive function exemplified by his work in optimization, memory, kinesiology, consciousness, death, autism and dyslexia. It is in this context that he was one of the first to identify functional disconnectivities in the brain and nervous system.

Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc, (Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel; Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Childrens Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, US; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel; Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel; School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, US)

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