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Front Hum Neurosci. 2014 Jun 27;8:385. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00385. eCollection 2014.

Brain plasticity-based therapeutics.

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1
Posit Science Corporation San Francisco, CA, USA.
2
Posit Science Corporation San Francisco, CA, USA ; Medical Research, Department of Veteran Affairs Martinez, CA, USA.
3
Posit Science Corporation San Francisco, CA, USA ; Department of Optometry, University of California at Berkeley Berkeley, CA, USA.

Abstract

The primary objective of this review article is to summarize how the neuroscience of brain plasticity, exploiting new findings in fundamental, integrative and cognitive neuroscience, is changing the therapeutic landscape for professional communities addressing brain-based disorders and disease. After considering the neurological bases of training-driven neuroplasticity, we shall describe how this neuroscience-guided perspective distinguishes this new approach from (a) the more-behavioral, traditional clinical strategies of professional therapy practitioners, and (b) an even more widely applied pharmaceutical treatment model for neurological and psychiatric treatment domains. With that background, we shall argue that neuroplasticity-based treatments will be an important part of future best-treatment practices in neurological and psychiatric medicine.

KEYWORDS:

aging; brain plasticity; computerized training; hemispatial neglect; neuroplasticity; schizophrenia

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