Extensive reorganization of the somatosensory cortex in adult humans after nervous system injury

Thomas Elbert, Herta Flor, Niels Birbaumer, Stefan Knecht, Scott Hampson, Wolfgang Larbig, Edward Taub

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Abstract

Magnetic source imaging revealed that the topographic representation in the somatosensory cortex of the face area in upper extremity amputees was shifted an average of 1.5 cm toward the area that would normally receive input from the now absent nerves supplying the hand and fingers. Observed alterations provide evidence for extensive plastic reorganization in the adult human cortex following nervous system injury, but they are not a sufficient cause of the phantom phenomenon termed ‘facial remapping’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2593-2597
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroReport
Volume5
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 1994

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Nervous System Trauma
Amputees
Somatosensory Cortex
Upper Extremity
Fingers
Hand

Keywords

  • Cortex
  • Magnetic source imaging
  • Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • Phantom
  • Plasticity
  • Somatotopy

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  • Neuroscience(all)

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Elbert, T., Flor, H., Birbaumer, N., Knecht, S., Hampson, S., Larbig, W., & Taub, E. (1994). Extensive reorganization of the somatosensory cortex in adult humans after nervous system injury. NeuroReport, 5(18), 2593-2597.

Extensive reorganization of the somatosensory cortex in adult humans after nervous system injury. / Elbert, Thomas; Flor, Herta; Birbaumer, Niels; Knecht, Stefan; Hampson, Scott; Larbig, Wolfgang; Taub, Edward.

In: NeuroReport, Vol. 5, No. 18, 1994, p. 2593-2597.

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Elbert, T, Flor, H, Birbaumer, N, Knecht, S, Hampson, S, Larbig, W & Taub, E 1994, 'Extensive reorganization of the somatosensory cortex in adult humans after nervous system injury', NeuroReport, vol. 5, no. 18, pp. 2593-2597.
Elbert T, Flor H, Birbaumer N, Knecht S, Hampson S, Larbig W et al. Extensive reorganization of the somatosensory cortex in adult humans after nervous system injury. NeuroReport. 1994;5(18):2593-2597.
Elbert, Thomas ; Flor, Herta ; Birbaumer, Niels ; Knecht, Stefan ; Hampson, Scott ; Larbig, Wolfgang ; Taub, Edward. / Extensive reorganization of the somatosensory cortex in adult humans after nervous system injury. In: NeuroReport. 1994 ; Vol. 5, No. 18. pp. 2593-2597.
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