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Cerebral Plasticity: New Perspectives

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


The notion that neurons in the living brain can change in response to experience—a phenomenon known as “plasticity”—has become a major conceptual issue in neuroscience research as well as a practical focus for the fields of neural rehabilitation and neurodegenerative disease. Early work dealt with the plasticity of the developing brain and demonstrated the critical role played by sensory experience in normal development. Two broader themes have emerged in recent studies: the plasticity of the adult brain (one of the most rapidly developing areas of current research) and the search for the unde ... More

Keywords: neurons, living brain, plasticity, neuroscience research, neural rehabilitation, neurodegenerative disease, developing brain, sensory experience, normal development, adult brain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015233
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015233.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leo M. Chalupa, editor

Nicoletta Berardi, editor

Matteo Caleo, editor

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Front Matter

1 Introduction

Nicoletta Berardi, Matteo Caleo, Lucia Galli-Resta, and Tommaso Pizzorusso

2 The Dynamic Building of the Brain

Alessandro Sale, Laura Baroncelli, Maria Spolidoro, and Lamberto Maffei

3 The Plasticity of Retinal Ganglion Cells

Coombs Julie L., and Chalupa Leo M.

10 Neuron-Astrocyte Partnership in Brain Function and Dysfunction

Carmignoto Giorgio, and Gomez-Gónzalo Marta

12 The Glutamate Receptor delta2 Subunit in Cerebellar Wiring

Strata Piergiorgio, and Mandolesi Georgia

13 Cortex under Construction: Visual Experience and the Development of Direction Selectivity

Li Ye, Van Hooser Stephen D., White Leonard E., and Fitzpatrick David

15 The Developmental Process of Acquiring Multisensory Integration Capabilities

Stein Barry E., Perrault Thomas Jr., Stanford Terrence R., and Rowland Benjamin A.

19 What Is Callosal Plasticity?

Berlucchi Giovanni

20 Time Matters

Singer Wolf

21 The Two Dorsal Visual Streams and Their Role in Perception

Rizzolatti Giacomo, Fogassi Leonardo, and Luppino Giuseppe

22 The Tribal Networks of the Cerebral Cortex

Markov Nikola T., Ercsey-Ravasz Maria-Magdolina, Gariel Marie-Alice, Dehay Colette, Knoblauch Kenneth, Toroczkai Zoltan, and Kennedy Henry

27 Neurotrophins as Regulators of Visual Cortical Plasticity

Castrén Eero, and Fernando Maya Vetencourt José

29 Suppression of Nogo-A to Enhance CNS Repair

Willi Roman, and Schwab Martin E.

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