Synthesizing current information about sensory-motor plasticity, Neural Plasticity in Adult Somatic Sensory-Motor Systems provides an up-to-date description of the dynamic processes that occur in somatic sensory-motor cortical circuits or somatic sensory pathways to the cortex due to experience, learning, or damage to the nervous system. The book emphasizes changes in the cortex that are linked to shifts in movement or behavior and demonstrates the potential for direct brain-based interventions to improve the quality of life for people with sensory-motor disabilities.
Following initial chapters that cover issues relevant to modifications in sensory processing, the text deals with the motor side of sensory-motor transformations, and includes studies that document the dynamic changes in system properties that occur with normal experience or in recovery from brain damage.
Edited by a recognized world authority on neural plasticity, this book provides important insight into the mechanisms of neural plasticity. It is an essential link to understanding the dynamics of learning in the hopes of improving perceptual and motor skills after brain damage.
Table of Contents
Silent Neurons in Sensorimotor Cortices: Implications for Cortical Plasticity, Michael Brecht, Miriam Schneider and Ian D. Manns
The Vibrissa Resonance Hypothesis, Christopher I. Moore and Mark L. Andermann
Spatial and Temporal Rules Underlying Rat Barrel Cortex Plasticity, Mathew E. Diamond
Probing the Cortical Evidence of Somatosensory Discrimination, Ranulfo Romo, Adrián Hernández, Antonio Zainos, Luis Lemus, Victor de Lafuente and Rogelio Luna
Perceptual Learning and Referral in the Tactile System, Krishnankutty Sathian
Sensory Deprivation Effects on Sensory Function of SI Barrel Cortex, Ford F. Ebner and Michael Armstrong-James
Role of Plasticity in Sensorimotor Transformation, John K. Chapin, Linda Hermer-Vazquez, and Raymond Hermer-Vazquez
Neural Plasticity in Adult Motor Cortex, Randolph J. Nudo, Scott Barbay and Elena Zoubina
Reorganization of Motor Cortex after Damage to the Motor System, Jon H. Kaas
Modulation of Cortical Function and Plasticity in the Human Brain, Leonardo G. Cohen, Friedhelm Hummel, Christian Gerloff
Behavioral Basis of Focal Hand Dystonia: Aberrant Learning in the Somatosensory Cortex, Nancy N. Byl