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Lecture 7

Lecture 7

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Department
Psychology
Course
PSY100H1
Professor
Michael Inzlicht
Semester
Winter

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Lecture 7 October 1 Neural Plasticity The brain changes continuously. Our brains connections are refined and retuned with every experience of our lives. Only recently have we begun to appreciate our brains incredible plasticity. Plasticity is amazing, but the limits are unknown. Certainly, age is a factor: e.g., young children with severe epilepsy radical hemispherectomy mostly normal functioning! E.g., if you cut off a finger, that part of the sensory cortex will start to receive signals from the finge rs enhanced sensitivity in other areas E.g., if blind sensory cortex corresponding to the Braille-reading finger expands; sense of touch starts to get processed by the visual cortex. Then if you knock out the visual cortex temporarily (i.e., through magnetic stimulation) that person will make language errors
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