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Queen's University


Jackie Huberman I am a fourth year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Psychology at Queen's. I have loved psychology ever since I was first exposed to it, and I plan to pursue graduate studies in the field next year. I am currently working on my honours thesis under the co-supervision of Dr. Ingrid Johnsrude and Dr. Hans Dringenberg. The adult brain is generally seen as being relatively stable and resilient to change; however, recent evidence suggests that sensory deprivation may induce plasticity in the adult brain. Most studies have looked at this effect in the visual system in non-human animals, so we would like to examine this phenomenon in the auditory cortex of humans. We will determine whether short-term auditory deprivation facilitates auditory learning in adults, which may be indicative of increased plasticity in the auditory cortex. Our findings have the potential to help create rehabilitative or intervention programs by providing a way to "jump start" the brain into a state where it is more plastic and ready to learn.



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