Changing Brains

Applying Brain Plasticity to Advance and Recover Human Ability

Edited by

  • Michael Merzenich, Brain Plasticity Institute at Posit Science Corporation, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Mor Nahum, Brain Plasticity Institute at Posit Science Corporation, San Francisco, and Department of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Tom van Vleet, Brain Plasticity Institute at Posit Science Corporation, San Francisco, and Department of Veteran Affairs, Martinez, CA, USA

This volume of Progress in Brain Research focuses on the applying brain plasticity to advance and recover human ability.

The volume starts off discussing brain plasticity in the young, adults and old brains with follow on discussions regarding the type of neuroscience-based training that is on offer in impaired child populations as well as discussing the therapeutics involved in adults.

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Neuroscientists, psychologists, neurologists


Book information

  • Published: December 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-63327-9

Table of Contents

1. Balancing plasticity / stability across brain development - Anne E Takesian and Takao K Hensch
2. Brain Plasticity in the Developing Brain - Bryan Kolb, Richelle Mychasiuk, Arif Muhammad, and Robbin Gibb
3. Cortical Plasticity, Excitatory-Inhibitory Balance, and Sensory Perception - Ioana Carcea and Robert C. Froemke
4. Changes in plasticity across the lifespan: Cause of disease and target for intervention - Lindsay Oberman and Alvaro Pascual-Leone
5. What Does it Take to Show That a Cognitive Training Procedure is Useful? A Critical Evaluation - Nori Jacoby and Merav Ahissar
6. Principles of Neuroplasticity-Based Rehabilitation  - Mor Nahum, Hyunkyu Lee, Michael Merzenich
7. Fast ForWord®: The Birth of the Neurocognitive Training Revolution  - Paula Tallal
8. Music Training for the Development of Reading Skills - Adam Tierney and Nina Kraus
9. Mechanisms of Plasticity in the Developing and Adult Visual Cortex  - Mriganka Sur, Ikue Nagakura, Naiyan Chen and Hiroki Sugihara
10. Brain Mechanisms of Plasticity in Response to Treatments for Core Deficits in Autism - Pamela E. Ventola, Devon Oosting, Laura Anderson, Kevin Pelprey
11. Targeting Plasticity with Vagus Nerve Stimulation to Treat Neurological Disease - Seth A. Hays, Robert L. Renaker, Michael P. Kilgard
12. Computerized Cognitive Training Targeting Brain Plasticity Schizophrenia - Bruno Biagianti and Sophia Vinogradov
13. The Nonspatial Side of Spatial Neglect and Related Approaches to Treatment - Joe DeGutis and Tom Van Vleet
14. A Cognitive Framework for Understanding and Improving Interference Resolution in the Brain -  Jyoti Mishra, Joaquin A. Anguera, David A. Ziegler, Adam Gazzaley
15. Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy: A Method for Harnessing Neuroplasticity to Treat Motor Disorders - Gitendra Uswatte and Edward Taub
16. Novelty Interventions to Enhance Broad Cognitive Abilities and Prevent Dementia: Synergistic Approaches for the Facilitation of Positive Plastic Change - Patrick Fissler, Olivia Kuster, Winfried Schlee and Iris Tatjana Kolassa
17. Decoding speech for understanding and treating aphasia - Robert T. Knight and Brian Pasley