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Brain plasticity - how a blind person recovered sight
Title Description Interviewee Producer Duration
Animal models of synesthesia One of the powerful methods to investigate the neural basis of cognitive phenomena involves the use of animal models. Given that synesthesia is a personal experience, it seems hard to see how we could learn about it from animals. However, Dr. Ward... Jamie Ward goCognitive 00:02:28
Can synesthesia be acquired? Can one acquire synesthesia later in life? In his answer, Dr. Ward points out a few instances in which unused sensory pathways can cause the development of synesthesia-like symptoms after the loss of a sensory system (Like the onset of blindness).... Jamie Ward goCognitive 00:03:07
Ione Fine - Neural Plasticity The brain has an amazing ability to reconfigure itself. During the initial stages of brain development cortical connections are formed and pruned based partially on the experiences of an individual and partially based on the genetic information... Ione Fine goCognitive
Neuroplasticity and Neuroprosthetics In this last part of the interview, Dr. Ione Fine from the University of Washington talks about neural prosthetics - cochlear implants, retinal implants, and the outlook on cortical implants. Ione Fine goCognitive 00:05:42
Sight Recovery - returning vision after 40 years of blindness Dr. Fine from the University of Washington talks about her interactions with her patient MM who recovered at age 43 from 40 years of blindness. His example is an illustration of the complexity of neural processing - and the opportunities... Ione Fine goCognitive 00:17:06
What is Neuroplasticity? In this first part of the interview, Dr. Fine from the University of Washington explains the basic mechanisms underlying neural plasticity - how the brain can change in response to the specific processing demands of an individual (e.g., by building... Ione Fine goCognitive 00:12:26