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Compensatory Plasticity in the Deaf Brain: Effects on Perception of Music

Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St. Toronto, ON M5B 2K3, Canada
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Brain Sci. 2014, 4(4), 560-574;
Received: 28 May 2014 / Revised: 25 August 2014 / Accepted: 22 September 2014 / Published: 28 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Music and Neural Plasticity)
When one sense is unavailable, sensory responsibilities shift and processing of the remaining modalities becomes enhanced to compensate for missing information. This shift, referred to as compensatory plasticity, results in a unique sensory experience for individuals who are deaf, including the manner in which music is perceived. This paper evaluates the neural, behavioural and cognitive evidence for compensatory plasticity following auditory deprivation and considers how this manifests in a unique experience of music that emphasizes visual and vibrotactile modalities. View Full-Text
Keywords: compensatory plasticity; deaf; music compensatory plasticity; deaf; music
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Good, A.; Reed, M.J.; Russo, F.A. Compensatory Plasticity in the Deaf Brain: Effects on Perception of Music. Brain Sci. 2014, 4, 560-574.

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