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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1994 Aug;4(4):535-44.

Development, critical period plasticity, and adult reorganizations of mammalian somatosensory systems.

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Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, Salk Institute, La Jolla, California 92037.


This review covers recent progress in three major areas of investigation in somatosensory systems: development, developmental plasticity and functional reorganization. Important findings relate to the development of periphery-related patterning in thalamic afferents to somatosensory cortex, the controversial role of neural activity in the development and plasticity of periphery-related afferent patterning in the brainstem and cortex, experience-dependent reorganizations in adult somatosensory cortex, and the locus of these changes.

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