1st Edition

Changing Brains Essays on Neuroplasticity in Honor of Helen J. Neville

Edited By Aaron J. Newman, Giordana Grossi Copyright 2023
    238 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book celebrates the pioneering work and contributions of Helen J. Neville, who conducted seminal neuroimaging work using electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaginf (fMRI) to illustrate the role that experience plays in shaping the brain.

    Bringing together her former students, collaborators, and colleagues, the book presents essays and original empirical research that pay tribute to Helen Neville’s groundbreaking work. The chapters discuss her contributions to our knowledge of neuroplasticity in perception, attention, and language, and how they inspired more recent developments in these and related areas, such as work on deafness (changes in sign language processing with age and the effects of cochlear implants on language development), the early stages of reading, memory consolidation during sleep, and the connection between attentional and memory systems. The book also discusses her strong commitment to rigorous science that could be translated into real-world practice through social interventions to improve neurodevelopmental outcomes. It additionally includes short poems by Marta Kutas interspersed between chapters that are inspired by Helen’s work and highlight her contributions, values, and ideas.

    The book showcases Helen Neville’s legacy to the field of neuroscience and is a must-read for all students and researchers of neuroplasticity and developmental cognitive neuroscience.

    Foreword. Being a Scientist in the Neville Tradition: Ten Things I Learned from Helen

    Debra L. Mills


    Aaron J. Newman & Giordana Grossi

    Interlude i: Thanks, You Guys!

    Marta Kutas

    Chapter 1. Development and plasticity of selective auditory attention in early childhood

    Amanda Hampton Wray & Elif Isbell

    Interlude ii: A Big Fat P3

    Marta Kutas

    Chapter 2. Allocation of auditory spatial selective attention in action video game players

    Julia Föcker, Matin Mortazavi, Wayne Khoe, Steven A. Hillyard, & Daphne Bavelier

    Interlude iii: Structure and Content

    Marta Kutas

    Chapter 3. The roles of age of acquisition, proficiency, and first language on second language processing

    Annika Andersson & Aaron J. Newman

    Chapter 4. Exploring the Effects of Aging on Language Abilities in Deaf Signers

    David P. Corina, Lucinda O’Grady Farnady, Todd LaMarr, Svenna Pedersen, Kurt Winsler, & Laurel Lawyer

    Chapter 5. Changes in occipito-temporal cortex with literacy: Electrophysiological evidence

    Giordana Grossi & Elizabeth Sacchi

    Chapter 6. Reading in deaf individuals: Examining the role of visual word form area

    Elizabeth A. Hirshorn, Matthew W.G. Dye, Peter Hauser, Ted Supalla, & Daphne Bavelier

    Interlude iv: One Less Sense Isn’t Nonsense

    Marta Kutas

    Chapter 7. Deafness and signed language: Implications of Helen Neville’s neuroplasticity research for children receiving cochlear implants

    Aaron J. Newman & Mairéad MacSweeney

    Interlude v: Sound or Sign?

    Marta Kutas

    Chapter 8. Making memories last: How sleep promotes neuroplasticity

    Randolph F. Helfrich & Robert T. Knight

    Interlude vi: The Importance of Parenting

    Marta Kutas

    Chapter 9. Changing Brains for Social Justice

    Eric Pakulak & Courtney Stevens

    Interlude vii: A Double-Edged Sword

    Marta Kutas

    Chapter 10. Exploring Common Mechanisms of Brain Development and Adult Plasticity in Humans and Rodents

    Michael I. Posner & Mary K. Rothbart


    Aaron J. Newman is Professor at Dalhousie University, Chair of the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, and Director of the NeuroCognitive Imaging Lab. His research program in cognitive neuroscience focuses on how the brain organization for language, hearing, and vision can be altered by experience.

    Giordana Grossi is Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at New Paltz and Director of the Brain and Cognition Lab. Her empirical work, which employs both behavioral and electrophysiological measures, explores aspects of automaticity and expertise in visual word recognition in both monolinguals and bilinguals.