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Neural plasticity across the lifespan : how the brain can change

Author: G Denes
Publisher: New York : Psychology Press, 2015.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: G Denes
ISBN: 9781317909941 1317909941 9781317909958 131790995X 9781317909934 1317909933
OCLC Number: 935679864
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Foreword; Preface; Section 1 Introducing plasticity; 1 Plasticity: a tentative definition; 2 Neural plasticity: general principles; Brain evolution and development; Introduction; Genetics and brain development; Epigenetics, brain development and plasticity; The process of brain development; The development of the cerebral cortex; The making of the mind; Cultural recycling of cortical maps; Defining neuroplasticity; The emergence and shaping of the notion of neural plasticity: some historical remarks; Structural and functional plasticity. Structural plasticityThe dynamics of dendritic spines; Neurotrophins; Neurogenesis; Grey and white matter changes: neuroimaging studies; Neuroimaging and neural plasticity; Grey matter changes; White matter changes; Functional plasticity; Synaptic functional plasticity; The remapping of cortical space; The effect of training; Large scale remapping following brain injury; Structural and functional plasticity: two distinct processes?; Spatial and temporal characteristics of neural plasticity; Fast motor skill learning; Slow motor skill learning. Structural plasticity associated with slow learningUnimodal and cross-modal brain plasticity; Maladaptive plasticity; Focal dystonias: writer's cramp musician's dystonia; Writer's cramp; Musician's dystonia; Chronic pain; Section 2 The role of specific factors on neural plasticity; 3 The impact of demographic factors in shaping neural plasticity; The influence of age on neural plasticity: development and aging; The critical period; Brain changes following injury in the sensitive period; Anatomical and functional changes in the aging brain; Age-related neuronal changes. The cognitive functions in the aging brainCompensatory strategies; Normal and pathological aging; Living aging; Neural plasticity and individual and gender differences; Inter-individual differences; Neural plasticity and sex/gender differences; A right brain for the left hand: similarities and differences in the left brain; Language representation; Handedness and praxis; Section 3 Specific skills; 4 Language and neural plasticity; Functional and structural processes of language: typical and atypical development; The anatomo-functional basis of language. The neurological basis of language developmentThe acquisition of language beyond the critical period and the role of the right hemisphere; Social isolation and development of language: the case of Genie; The missing left hemisphere and language development; Culturally acquired language modalities: reading and writing; Many languages, one brain; Cross-linguistic differences; Cross-linguistic differences in processing written language; The bilingual brain; Individual differences in L2 learning; The neural basis of signed language; Reading by hand: the Braille system.
Responsibility: Gianfranco Denes.

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