Neuroplasticity in Learning and Rehabilitation


Series: Functional Neurology

BISAC: MED056000

We possess as a cognitively aware species a high degree of function localization, but we still subscribe to the notion consistent with the model that dysfunction or damage to specific regions of the brain and nervous system may result in specific damage and deficits in behavior and function of individuals. Unfortunately, that is not enough to explain the capacity for plasticity, regeneration, spontaneous recovery, and optimization in neurological terms, and certainly not in its translation in clinical rehabilitation.

Among the difficulties we face in the application of rehabilitation science in practice, the need to understand how the nervous system functions is less than understanding how it recovers from dysfunction, how we can effectively evaluate function, dysfunction and recovery, and how to provide a rational basis for making economic decisions about which method or methodology to invest. A neuroanatomical conceptualization is a not an option for rehabilitation practice. It is important to understand that what we are really attempting to achieve both in rehabilitation as well as in understanding the neurological basis of cognitive and motor improvement after trauma or stroke is not which brain area controls a given cognitive function, but how efficiently brain regions cooperate with each other and how novel connectivities may develop.
(Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

pp. vii

Chapter 1
Neuroplasticity in Learning and Rehabilitation
(Gerry Leisman, and Joav Merrick, The National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences, Nazareth, Israel, and others)
pp. 1-4

Section One: Learning and Rehabilitation
pp. 5

Chapter 2
Neuroeducational Networks
(Gerry Leisman, The National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences, Nazareth, Israel, and others)
pp. 7-20

Chapter 3
Plasticity and Functional Connectivities in Rehabilitation
(Gerry Leisman, The National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences, Nazareth, Israel, and others)
pp. 21-64

Chapter 4
Persistent Primitive Reflexes and Childhood Neurobehavioral Disorders
(Robert Melillo, The National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences, Biomechanics Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, ORT-Braude College of Engineering, Karmiel, Israel)
pp. 65-100

Chapter 5
Neuroplasticity of Asymmetric Cortical Function
(Randy W Beck, Institute of Functional Neuroscience and Division of Health Sciences, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia)
pp. 101-120

Chapter 6
Traumatic Brain Injury: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
(Nazareth P Castellanos, Elisa Rodríguez-Toscano, Javier García-Pacios, Pilar Garcés, Nuria Paúl, Pablo Cuesta, Ricardo Bajo, Juan García-Prieto, Francisco del-Pozo and Fernando Maestú, Laboratory of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience (Centre of Magnetoencephalography), Centre of Biomedical Technology (CBT), Universdiad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, and others)
pp. 121-132

Chapter 7
A Computational Model of Cognitive Deficits in Medicated and Unmedicated Persons with Parkinson’s Disease
(Ahmed A Moustafa, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University-Newark, Newark, New Jersey, United States of America)
pp. 133-154

Chapter 8
Outcomes in Traumatic Brain Injury, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion
(Joel Brandon Brock, Samuel Yanuck, Michael Pierce, Michael Powell, Steven Geanopulos, Steven Noseworthy, Datis Kharrazian, Chris Turnpaugh, Albert Comey and Glen Zielinski, Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies, Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States of America, and others)
pp. 155-200

Chapter 9
Connectivity Cognition and Psychosis in the Physical Brain
(Avi Peled, Shaar Menashe Mental Health Center, Hadera and Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel)
pp. 201-210

Chapter 10
Auditory, Visual, Spatial Aesthetic and Artistic Training Facilitates Brain Plasticity
(Gerry Leisman, The National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences, Nazareth, Israel, and others)
pp. 211-228

Chapter 11
The Plasticity of Neural Network Sensory-Substitution Object Shape Recognition
(Ella Striem-Amit, Ornella Dakwar, Uri Hertz, Peter Meijer, William Stern, Alvaro Pascual-Leone and Amir Amedi, Department of Medical Neurobiology, The Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, and others)
pp. 229-236

Section Two: Acknowledgments
pp. 237

Chapter 12
About the Editors
pp. 239-240

Chapter 13
About the National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences, Nazareth, Israel
pp. 241-242

Chapter 14
About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel
pp. 243-245

Chapter 15
About the Book Series “Functional Neurology”
pp. 247

Section Three: Index
pp. 249

pp. 251-263

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