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Unformatted text preview: activity a. Ex. People are better at classifying emotional expressions in their own cultural group i. This corresponds to higher levels of brain activity when viewing facial expressions from your own cultural group b. Plasticity in adulthood i. Plasticity is much greater in childhood than in adulthood ii. However, there is some neural plasticity in adulthood 1. Learning (“fire together, wire together”) a. Strengthening of synaptic connections 2. Neurogenesis a. The creation of new neurons in the brain b. Most active during prenatal development, but continues to some extent into adulthood c. Plasticity in response to brain injury i. If a portion of the cortex is injured, nearby grey matter can assume the function of the damaged area 1. Referred to as cortical reorganization 2. Begins immediately after injury and continues for years 3. Capability for cortical reorganization is much higher in children a. Ex. Radical hemispherectomy...
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- Fall '07
- Neurogenesis, synaptic connections