Publication year: 2011 Source: Journal of Communication Disorders, Volume 44, Issue 5, September-October 2011, Pages 521-528 Jeffrey A. Kleim Following brain injury or disease there are widespread biochemical, anatomical and physiological changes that result in what might be considered a new, very different brain. This adapted brain is forced to reacquire behaviors lost as a result of the injury or disease and relies on neural plasticity within the residual neural circuits. The same fundamental neural and behavioral signals driving plasticity during learning in the intact brain are engaged during relearning in the damaged/diseased brain.
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Neural plasticity and neurorehabilitation: Teaching the new brain old tricks