Cortical plasticity: from synapses to maps.

  title={Cortical plasticity: from synapses to maps.},
  author={Dean V. Buonomano and Michael Merzenich},
  journal={Annual review of neuroscience},
It has been clear for almost two decades that cortical representations in adult animals are not fixed entities, but rather, are dynamic and are continuously modified by experience. The cortex can preferentially allocate area to represent the particular peripheral input sources that are proportionally most used. Alterations in cortical representations appear to underlie learning tasks dependent on the use of the behaviorally important peripheral inputs that they represent. The rules governing… 

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