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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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Plasticity in the Developing Brain: Functional Reorganization after Early Brain Damage

Plasticity in the Developing Brain: Functional Reorganization after Early Brain Damage

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(p.355) 28 Plasticity in the Developing Brain: Functional Reorganization after Early Brain Damage
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Cerebral Plasticity
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Cioni Giovanni

D’Acunto Giulia

Guzzetta Andrea

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015233.003.0028

This chapter concentrates on lesions occurring before or around birth. The sensorimotor system is the main subject of this chapter. It highlights the importance of early sensory stimulation and of environmental enrichment to allow a better start to life in newborns at risk. It also demonstrates that the activation of the motor cortex related to action observation might represent a unique opportunity for therapeutic intervention, eventually supplemented or followed by more standard rehabilitative approaches.

Keywords:   sensorimotor system, sensory stimulation, environmental enrichment, newborns, motor cortex, therapeutic intervention, birth

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