Spinal Cord Plasticity: Alterations in Reflex Function

Overview

The spinal cord has long been viewed as largely a conduit for neural impulses from the body to the brain and the brain to the body, with various reflexes hard wired in the structure to allow for low level control.
The past two decades have seen a very different view of the spinal cord emerging from the laboratories of various disciplines. Studies rooted in physiology, psychology, rehabilitation, pain control and regeneration have begun to show...
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Overview

The spinal cord has long been viewed as largely a conduit for neural impulses from the body to the brain and the brain to the body, with various reflexes hard wired in the structure to allow for low level control.
The past two decades have seen a very different view of the spinal cord emerging from the laboratories of various disciplines. Studies rooted in physiology, psychology, rehabilitation, pain control and regeneration have begun to show that the spinal cord contains neurons whose functional capacities are highly plastic.
This book brings together researchers from several of the most exciting areas of spinal cord plasticity research. Collectively, they present not only the latest findings in their areas, but a unique perspective of the broader emerging picture of spinal cord neural plasticity.
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Ten papers from a November 1998 symposium, held in Los Angeles in conjunction with Society of Neuroscience meetings, explore some recent findings in regard to the ability of the spinal cord to process information and to change in reaction to experience. They characterize spinal cord plasticity from behavioral and molecular perspectives, and describe how behavioral and pharmacological treatments can foster the recovery of function after spinal cord injury. Among the topics are the Pavlovian conditioning of flexion reflex potentiation in spinal cat, acquiring a simple motor skill, and neural Darwinism in the mammalian spinal cord. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461355533
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 243
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword. 1. Spinal Plasticity; R.F. Thompson. 2. Pavlovian and Instrumental Conditioning Within the Spinal Cord: Methodological Issues; J. W. Grau, R.L. Joynes. 3. Pavlovian Conditioning of Flexion Reflex Potentiation in Spinal Cat: Temporal Effects Following Spinal Transection; R.G. Durkovic. 4. Spinal Fixation: Long-term Alterations in Spinal Reflex Excitability With Altered or Sustained Sensory Inputs; M.M. Patterson. 5. Spinal Cord Plasticity in the Acquisition of a Simple Motor Skill; J.R. Wolpaw. 6. Mechanisms of Central Sensitization of Nociceptive Dorsal Horn Neurons; W.D. Willis, Jr. 7. Noxious Stimulus-Induced Plasticity in Spinal Cord Dorsal Horn: Evidence and Insights on Mechanisms Obtained Using the Formalin Test; T.J. Coderre. 8. Neural Darwinism in the Mammalian Spinal Cord; V. Reggie Edgerton, et al. 9. Spinal Cord Plasticity Associated with Locomotor Compensation to Peripheral Nerve Lesions in the Cat; L. Bouyer, S. Rossignol. 10. Laufband (Treadmill) Therapy in Incomplete Para- and Tetraplegia; A. Wernig, et al. Index
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