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Simone Shane's picture

Lobecotmies & Plasticity

The testing you're talking about that they did reminds me of a procedure talked about by my professor of Developmental Cognitive Disorders. When epilepsy gets bad beyond a certain point, they consider taking out entire parts of your brain--I believe an entire Lobe. To make sure that they don't damage you too much they shut down parts of your brain and quickly ask you questions about what you can sense to make sure that what they're removing isn't vital. It's so crazy to think that we can get by on half our brains!!!

I know in children, some behaviors can relocate (ie. language centers move from the left hemisphere to the right). It's interesting to think both how this plasticity works in children and also what happens in a adult brain that allows the removal of this much brain matter!

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