June 30th, 2006

homuncul

NEUROSCIENCE

Мозг пластичнее, чем принято считать....


It is traditionally accepted that acquisition of vision must occur in the first year or two of life, before the critical period for vision has elapsed. We were fascinated, therefore, by your News Feature reporting acquisition of competent vision in Pawan Sinha's patient following almost 30 years of functional blindness, particularly as we have observed a similar phenomenon in the more limited domain of stereo-blindness.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v441/n7097/full/4411048a.html
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5507789


When I asked the surgeons how it's possible for people with half a brain to live, let alone have a life, each of them spoke about plasticity, flexibility, redundancy, and potential, and then they smiled and said the same thing: "We don't really know."

The New Yorker: How can someone live with only half a brain?