Neural Plasticity

Sensory Deprivation and Brain Plasticity


Publishing date
15 Jun 2012
Status
Published
Submission deadline
16 Dec 2011

Lead Editor

1École d'optométrie, Université de Montréal, 3744 Jean Brillant, Montréal, QC, Canada

2University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

3University of Western Ontario, ON, Canada

4University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy


Sensory Deprivation and Brain Plasticity

Description

Neural plasticity can be defined as the continuous alteration of the neural pathways and synapses of the living brain in response to experience or injury. In the context of sensory deprivation since birth, the brain undergoes an anatomical reorganization whereby remodeled or increased connections from a remaining intact sense invade the deprived sensory cortex leading to cross-modal plasticity. This remodeling allows for the lost sensory function to be “compensated” for by another sensory input and is referred to as sensory substitution. The main goal of this special issue is to provide a timely overview on the anatomical, physiological, and behavioral changes that accompany sensory deprivation.

We take interest in manuscripts dealing with the concepts of cross-modal plasticity and sensory substitution in animal and human models following congenital or acquired sensory deprivation in the visual, auditory, or other domains. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Congenital or acquired blindness, deafness, phantom limbs, anosmia, and so forth
  • Using state-of-the-art methodologies such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG), positron emission tomography (PET), functional connectivity analysis, MR spectroscopy (H-MRS), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and voxel-based-morphometry (VBM)
  • Papers using traditional histological, biochemical, and behavioral techniques in animals are also welcome

We also invite contributions related to philosophical aspects of such cross-modal changes such as the nature of qualia in the sensory deprived brain.

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/np/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 810370
  • - Editorial

Sensory Deprivation and Brain Plasticity

Maurice Ptito | Ron Kupers | ... | Pietro Pietrini
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 687659
  • - Review Article

Plasticity of the Dorsal “Spatial” Stream in Visually Deprived Individuals

Giulia Dormal | Franco Lepore | Olivier Collignon
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 601591
  • - Research Article

Early Hearing-Impairment Results in Crossmodal Reorganization of Ferret Core Auditory Cortex

M. Alex Meredith | Brian L. Allman
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 631965
  • - Review Article

Visual Cortex Plasticity: A Complex Interplay of Genetic and Environmental Influences

José Fernando Maya-Vetencourt | Nicola Origlia
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 305693
  • - Review Article

Enriched and Deprived Sensory Experience Induces Structural Changes and Rewires Connectivity during the Postnatal Development of the Brain

Harkaitz Bengoetxea | Naiara Ortuzar | ... | Enrike G. Argandoña
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 852423
  • - Review Article

Adaptive Neuroplastic Responses in Early and Late Hemispherectomized Monkeys

Mark W. Burke | Ron Kupers | Maurice Ptito
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 892784
  • - Review Article

GABA through the Ages: Regulation of Cortical Function and Plasticity by Inhibitory Interneurons

Konrad Lehmann | André Steinecke | Jürgen Bolz
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 182767
  • - Research Article

Development of Brainstem-Evoked Responses in Congenital Auditory Deprivation

J. Tillein | S. Heid | ... | A. Kral
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 197264
  • - Research Article

Cross-Modal Recruitment of Primary Visual Cortex by Auditory Stimuli in the Nonhuman Primate Brain: A Molecular Mapping Study

Priscilla Hirst | Pasha Javadi Khomami | ... | Shahin Zangenehpour
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 838672
  • - Review Article

The Corpus Callosum and the Visual Cortex: Plasticity Is a Game for Two

Marta Pietrasanta | Laura Restani | Matteo Caleo
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