Functional neuroimaging applied to the study of neuropsychological rehabilitation

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Author list: Rios-Lago, M, Paul-Lapedriza, N, Munoz-Cespedes, JM, Maestu, F, Alvarez-Linera, J e Ortiz, T
Publisher: Cesar Viguera
Publication year: 2004
Journal: Revista de Neurologia (0210-0010)
Volume number: 38
Issue number: 4
Start page: 366
End page: 373
Number of pages: 8
ISSN: 0210-0010
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Objective. We review the main aspects of functional recovery after brain
injury as well as neuroimaging characteristics that make it relevant
and useful to assess these changes. We also review some issues regarding
recovery of motor and sensory functions, language and visuo-spatial
processes, and we discuss the methods used in this field, the
difficulties found, and future implications. Development. One of the
main aspects in the study of the brain is the capacity to reorganize
different functions in order to compensate for the deficits after a
lesion in the central nervous system. The study of these adaptive
processes is important in a clinical field as well as for basic
research, as it is a clear example of brain plasticity. All the findings
show how the study of the plastic phenomena or functional
reorganization will allow us to better know how the brain works after a
lesion. Conclusion. The use and combination of the new functional
neuroimaging techniques gives the opportunity to register the
reorganization of the brain with a high temporal and spatial resolution.
It will give also an objective measure to assess the effectiveness of
the rehabilitation programs. It will allow to identify different
variables related to rehabilitation outcome and will guide effectively
the selection of different rehabilitation approaches.


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