Early Undernutrition and Recovery from Acute Brain Damage Later in Life
One of the most perplexing problems in the neurological sciences is why lesions that look the same are not always associated with equivalent signs and symptoms of brain damage (Finger and Stein, 1982). In fact, it is not rare to find one person severely debilitated by the same lesion that may have only minimal or transient effects in another individual. In an attempt to understand the basis of this variability, scientists have been working to manipulate and isolate certain factors that they think can interact with the locus of the damage itself. Some potential intervening variables are now much better appreciated than they were even a generation ago, such as age at the time of trauma, speed of lesion growth and experiential history (Finger and Stein, 1982). Others, such as gender differences, are only beginning to be recognized, and without question still additional factors remain to be discovered and elucidated.
KeywordsSham Operation Brain Damage Reversal Learning Hippocampal Lesion Spontaneous Alternation
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