Plasticity in Sensory Systems

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Jennifer K. E. Steeves, Laurence R. Harris
Cambridge University Press, Dec 17, 2012 - Computers - 277 pages
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Plasticity is a fundamental property of neural development and learning in living organisms. It also contributes to problems associated with aging and degenerative processes. Understanding neural plasticity has huge implications for those seeking to recover from brain injury or sensory deprivation and regular folk vying to improve their skills and ability. Centered on three themes, this book explores the latest research in plasticity in sensory systems, with a focus primarily on visual and auditory systems. It covers a breadth of recent scientific study within the field including research on healthy systems and diseased models of sensory processing. Topics include visual and visuomotor learning, models of how the brain codes visual information, sensory adaptations in vision and hearing as a result of partial or complete visual loss in childhood, plasticity in the adult visual system, and plasticity across the senses, as well as new techniques in vision recovery, rehabilitation, and sensory substitution of other senses when one sense is lost. This unique edited volume, the fruit of an International Conference on Plastic Vision held at York University, Toronto, will provide students and scientists with an overview of the ongoing research related to sensory plasticity and perspectives on the direction of future work in the field.
 

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Contents

List of Contributors page
1
The Distributed Nature of Visual Object Learning
9
Motor Adaptation and Proprioceptive Recalibration
33
Deficits and Adaptation of EyeHand Coordination
49
Department of Ophthalmology
67
Lessons from Children Treated
75
Summary of Experimental Findings on Human Binocular
82
Summary
88
Brains Response to Losing One Eye
100
Putting Sights and Sounds Together
106
Functional and Specific
114
Critical Periods for Crossmodal Reorganization
121
Visual Plasticity of the Adult Brain
155
Acquiring Stereopsis
175
Applying Plasticity to Visual Rehabilitation in Adulthood
229
Author Index
255

Hans P 0p de Beek Agnes M E Wong
89
Plasticity in Visual
94

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Jennifer K. E. Steeves is Associate Professor of Psychology at York University, Toronto. She is a cognitive neuroscientist who works in the area of sensory plasticity.

Laurence R. Harris is Professor of Psychology at York University, Toronto and Director of the Centre for Vision Research at York University. He is a neuroscientist with a background in sensory processes.

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