Neuroplasticity and Aphasia: Lessons from Constraint-Induced Language Therapy Neuroplasticity refers to the potential of the nervous system to be modified in response to stimulation and activation during sensory, motor, and cognitive activities. Therefore, neuroplasticity is experience-dependent. The presumption is that as the brain changes, so too does behavior (Turkstra, Holland, & Bays, 2003). For decades, it was ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2007
Neuroplasticity and Aphasia: Lessons from Constraint-Induced Language Therapy
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  • Anastasia M. Raymer
    Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
  • Lynn M. Maher
    University of Houston,Texas
  • Janet Patterson
    California State University-East Bay, Hayward, CA
  • Leora Cherney
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Illinois
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Article   |   June 01, 2007
Neuroplasticity and Aphasia: Lessons from Constraint-Induced Language Therapy
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, June 2007, Vol. 17, 12-17. doi:10.1044/nnsld17.2.12
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, June 2007, Vol. 17, 12-17. doi:10.1044/nnsld17.2.12
Neuroplasticity refers to the potential of the nervous system to be modified in response to stimulation and activation during sensory, motor, and cognitive activities. Therefore, neuroplasticity is experience-dependent. The presumption is that as the brain changes, so too does behavior (Turkstra, Holland, & Bays, 2003). For decades, it was thought that the mature brain has little potential for neuroplastic changes that can contribute to recovery from nervous system damage. But with the advent of sophisticated technologies, investigations in neuroscience have shown that, indeed, the mature nervous system has potential for neuroplastic changes, usually referred to as cortical reorganization (Taub, Uswatte, & Elbert, 2002).
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