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Author Prosthetics ♦ Scott, Heather
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Brain Plasticity Influencing Phantom Limb ♦ Phantom Limb Syndrome ♦ Limb Segment ♦ Body Part ♦ Unreal Sensation ♦ Motor Signal ♦ Potential Therapy ♦ Great Promise ♦ Important Area ♦ Phantom Limb Phenomenon ♦ Specific Structure ♦ Combat-related Injury ♦ Significant Challenge ♦ Mysterious Medical Condition ♦ Prosthetic Research ♦ Phantom Pain ♦ New Discovery ♦ Neurological Disorder ♦ Rehabilitative Therapy ♦ Neural Basis ♦ Phantom Limb Many Amputee
Abstract The relationship between brain and behavior represents an important area of research. The complexity of the brain, however, poses significant challenges to investigators, while at the same time offers great promise for new discoveries. By selecting a specific structure or function of the brain, we may begin to explore the neural basis of behavior and cognition, and examine potential therapies for treating neurological disorders. For example, phantom limb syndrome is a mysterious medical condition in which individuals continue to perceive the presence of a missing body part-- typically a limb or limb segment-- for some time following its loss through amputation (e.g., combat-related injury). In this thesis, I intend to examine phantom limb phenomena and relate these findings to furthering prosthetic research and rehabilitative therapy. Phantom Limb Many amputees experience a bizarre and seemingly unreal sensation called phantom limb syndrome or, in some cases, even phantom pain (11). These sensations occur because the brain continues to relay motor signals to the
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Publisher Date 2011-01-01