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Cerebral PlasticityNew Perspectives$
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Leo M. Chalupa, Nicoletta Berardi, Matteo Caleo, Lucia Galli-Resta, and Tommaso Pizzorusso

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015233

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015233.001.0001

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What Is Callosal Plasticity?

What Is Callosal Plasticity?

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(p.235) 19 What Is Callosal Plasticity?
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Cerebral Plasticity
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Berlucchi Giovanni

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015233.003.0019

This chapter reviews the specific plasticity of the corpus callosum. The compensatory effects of callosal plasticity in partial and total callosal agenesis are explained. It shows that the corpus callosum provides a powerful model for understanding various features of the exquisitely malleable organization of cortical connectivity in embryogenesis, development, maturation, learning, and functional recovery after brain damage. This chapter suggests that the empirical and theoretical knowledge about callosal plasticity in the broadest sense can hopefully illustrate some aspects of the achievements and potentialities of the use of the callosal model as a general model for cortical function.

Keywords:   corpus callosum, plasticity, callosal plasticity, callosal agenesis, embryogenesis, development, maturation, learning, functional recovery

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