CE28 - Cognition, éducation, formation tout au long de la vie

Sensory, Motor and Cognitive plasticity in adults – PlaStiC

Submission summary

Neuroplasticity, the capability of the brain to change its function and structure according to environmental pressures, is maximal during development and decreases with age at a different rate for different brain areas. Sensory cortices are thought to become hard-wired in adulthood, whereas higher level brain areas maintain a high plastic potential throughout the lifespan, endorsing learning, memory and cognition. This suggests independent plastic modules for different brain functions. However, growing evidence indicates that early sensory cortices might retain a plastic potential in adulthood, suggesting that plasticity might be a general property of the nervous system. Using a combination of psychophysical and neuroimaging techniques, the project PlaStiC will tackle this hypothesis by investigating short-term plasticity in adult humans at the sensory, motor and cognitive level, and the interactions between these different forms of plasticity that are formally conceptually separated.

Project coordination

Claudia Lunghi (Ecole Normale Supérieure and CNRS)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


LSP Ecole Normale Supérieure and CNRS

Help of the ANR 27,917 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: September 2019 - 42 Months

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