Spinal Cord Plasticity: Alterations in Reflex Function

Spinal Cord Plasticity: Alterations in Reflex Function

by Michael M. Patterson
     
 

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… See more details below

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461355533
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2001
Pages:
243
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.54(d)

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