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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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The Developmental Process of Acquiring Multisensory Integration Capabilities

The Developmental Process of Acquiring Multisensory Integration Capabilities

(p.179) 15 The Developmental Process of Acquiring Multisensory Integration Capabilities
Cerebral Plasticity

Stein Barry E.

Perrault Thomas Jr.

Stanford Terrence R.

Rowland Benjamin A.

The MIT Press

This chapter describes a single model to explore the multisensory neuron in the superior colliculus (SC). It analyzes the general utility, normal operational principles, and the organization of the model structure of the maturation of multisensory integration. It suggests that the neonatal brain must incorporate principles that will guide the integration of inputs from different senses based on experience. This chapter supports the idea that the cortex is the portal through which early experiences with cross-modal cues gain access to multisensory SC neurons. It reveals that the SC multisensory circuit seemed to be far more flexible.

Keywords:   superior colliculus, multisensory neuron, neonatal brain, cortex, multisensory integration

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