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Title: Mechanisms of Somatosensory Plasticity
Contributor(s): Snow, PJ (author); Wilson, P (author)
Publication Date: 2001
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Abstract: As often used in relation to the central nervous system (CNS), the term plasticity refers to the malleability of neuronal connections. The degree to which the nervous system shows plasticity has been one of the seminal questions that has driven man's curiosity about the brain. On the one hand, it is clear that the CNS pathways in mammals do not fully recover from injury, suggesting that, once formed, the brain and spinal cord must be structurally inert. Yet it is obvious that our physical and mental abilities can change and that, at least to some degree, we can regulate these phenomena in relation to environmental conditions.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Somatosensory Processing: From Single Neuron to Brain Imaging, p. 131-142
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Place of Publication: The Netherlands
ISBN: 9057023849
Field of Research (FOR): 110906 Sensory Systems
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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