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6. Plasticity and Functional Recovery
About this Lecture
In this lecture, we think about the plasticity of the brain and the recovery of brain function after trauma, focusing in particular on: (i) a definition of ‘brain plasticity’ as a term describing the brain’s ability to change, e.g. to develop from the brain of a newborn into an adult brain; (ii) a classic study by Blakemore and Cooper (1970) which investigated the effect of plastic changes in the brain of young kittens on their later development; (iii) how the brain’s plasticity can help to counteract certain birth defects; (iv) functional recovery in the brain after trauma; (v) four factors which may contribute to the recovery of brain function being the reduction of swelling, axonal sprouting, neurogenesis and constraint induced therapy.
In this course, Mr Kevin Silber (University of Derby) explores the anatomy and function of the human brain. In the first lecture, we look at how the brain is structured. In the second lecture, we think about further brain structures, including the limbic system. In the third lecture, we think about the localisation of different functions in particular areas of the brain. Next, we consider the lateralisation of certain brain processes in the two hemispheres. In the fifth lecture, we look at split-brain research. In the sixth and final lecture, we think about brain plasticity and the recovery of brain function after trauma.
Mr Kevin Silber is a senior lecturer at the University of Derby where he primarily teaches biological psychology modules. Mr Silber is also an AQA A-Level examiner and is involved in authoring texts for A-Level psychology. Having started life as a neuroscientist, Mr Silber’s research interests still lie in biologically oriented topics. However, his main research interest is now focused on body image. Some of Mr Silber’s recent publications include ‘Working memory in children: A developmental approach to the phonological coding of pictorial material’ (2011) and ‘Sexual orientation and the sleep-wake cycle: A preliminary investigation’ (2000).
Cite this Lecture
Silber, K. (2019, September 27). Biopsychology - The Brain - Plasticity and Functional Recovery [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-brain/plasticity-and-functional-recovery
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