Neural plasticitythe brain's ability to change in response to normal developmental processes, experience, and injuryis a critically important phenomenon for both neuroscience and psychology. Increasing evidence about the extent of plasticitylong past the supposedly critical first three yearshas recently emerged. Neural Plasticity offers the first succinct and lucid integration of this research and its implications.
Pointing out the negative and the positive consequences of plasticity, Peter Huttenlocher describes plasticity in children and adults (in normal aging and in response to trauma), in sensory systems, the motor cortex, higher cortical functions, and language development, proceeding system by system, and paying particular attention to the cerebral cortex. One of the book's strengths is its range of references, not only to studies on human subjects but to the experimental study of animal models as well. This book will be a unique contribution to research and to the literature on clinical neuroscience.
About the Author
Peter R. Huttenlocher was Professor Emeritus and former Chief of Pediatric Neurology at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
Table of Contents
1. Neuroanatomical Substrates: Early Developmental Events
3. Methods for the Study of Functional Plasticity
4. Plasticity in Sensory Systems
5. Plasticity in the Motor Cortex
6. Plasticity in the Development of Language
7. Plasticity in Elective Brain Functions
8. Adult Plasticity
9. Summing Up
10. The Practical Relevance of the Findings from Developmental Neurobiology