Neural Plasticity

Neuroplastic Mechanisms Underlying Perceptual and Cognitive Enhancement


Publishing date
08 Jan 2016
Status
Published
Submission deadline
21 Aug 2015

1McGill University, Montreal, Canada

2University of California, San Francisco, USA

3East China Normal University, Shanghai, China


Neuroplastic Mechanisms Underlying Perceptual and Cognitive Enhancement

Description

The remarkable plastic nature of our brain, often manifesting itself via changes in how brain circuits code information, is at the origin of the many complex skills we master during both early development and adulthood. Intensive work in the last few decades in both human and animal models has revealed the multiple facets of brain plasticity and culminated recently in the explosion of the field of cognitive neurotherapeutics, bringing hope that brain plasticity can be used for the remediation of a wide range of cognitive, perceptual, or motor deficits.

This growing interest in brain plasticity now shared by the general public has, however, shed light on the fact that our understanding of the regulating mechanisms of plasticity in the young, adult, and aging brain and how it can be best harnessed for therapeutic purposes remains poor. This limitation stands as a significant roadblock in the elaboration of effective science-based strategies for the remediation of neurological impairments at all ages and the preservation of optimal brain function in older adults.

Our objective with this special issue is to bring further attention to the field of neuroplasticity and cognitive neurotherapeutics by presenting novel original work performed in humans or animal models focusing on the impact of experience on brain circuits and behavior. Studies with a cross-species angle or which examine basic mechanisms of plasticity involved in the shaping of complex sensory or motor systems will be considered as priority.

We are seeking original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the continuing effort to understand the relationship between brain plasticity, its regulators, and its impact on behavioral function.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Effects or mechanisms of cognitive and/or perceptual training in humans and/or animals
  • Improving brain function with training in clinical or normal populations
  • Pharmacological or physical methods of enhancing brain plasticity
  • Impact of sensory experience on brain circuit function or structure
  • Methods to improve the delivery or efficiency of brain training
  • Differential regulation of developmental and adult plasticity
  • Identification of potential negative impacts of brain training
  • Impact of specialized sensorimotor training on brain function and/or structure

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 6238571
  • - Editorial

Neuroplastic Mechanisms Underlying Perceptual and Cognitive Enhancement

Etienne de Villers-Sidani | Jyoti Mishra | ... | Patrice Voss
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 4195391
  • - Research Article

Plastic Change in the Auditory Minimum Threshold Induced by Intercollicular Effects in Mice

Hui-Xian Mei | Jia Tang | ... | Qi-Cai Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 9696402
  • - Research Article

Inhibition Plasticity in Older Adults: Practice and Transfer Effects Using a Multiple Task Approach

Andrea J. Wilkinson | Lixia Yang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 7217630
  • - Research Article

The Right Hemisphere Planum Temporale Supports Enhanced Visual Motion Detection Ability in Deaf People: Evidence from Cortical Thickness

Martha M. Shiell | François Champoux | Robert J. Zatorre
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3276383
  • - Review Article

The Role of Hypothalamic Neuropeptides in Neurogenesis and Neuritogenesis

Jan Bakos | Martina Zatkova | ... | Daniela Ostatnikova
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 5260671
  • - Review Article

Body Perception and Action Following Deafness

M. S. Houde | S. P. Landry | ... | F. Champoux
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 5302538
  • - Research Article

Self-Rated Attentiveness Interacts with Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Noise Stimulation in Reaction Time in a Go/No-Go Task

Sverker Sikström | Anna-Maria Jürgensen | ... | Thomas Habekost
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 5961362
  • - Research Article

Multisession Anodal tDCS Protocol Improves Motor System Function in an Aging Population

G. Dumel | M.-E. Bourassa | ... | Louis De Beaumont
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 5940634
  • - Research Article

Effects of Fast Simple Numerical Calculation Training on Neural Systems

Hikaru Takeuchi | Tomomi Nagase | ... | Ryuta Kawashima
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 1723401
  • - Research Article

Abnormal Pressure Pain, Touch Sensitivity, Proprioception, and Manual Dexterity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Inmaculada Riquelme | Samar M. Hatem | Pedro Montoya
Neural Plasticity
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Acceptance rate45%
Submission to final decision84 days
Acceptance to publication41 days
CiteScore3.330
Impact Factor3.591
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