Psychosocial stimulation and brain plasticity in malnourished individuals

Evidences from studies in animal models and human beings are reviewed, showing the benefits produced by programed sensorial and psychosocial stimulation on neuro-behavioral functions of early malnourished individuals. It is emphasized that brain plasticity might play a fundamental role in this process. It is showed also that recent electrophysiological experiments - by using the cortical spreading depression technique - as well as observational studies in children indicate that brain regions may have a differential participation in the recovering of the brain and behavioral functions damaged by malnutrition. A new health care approach, taking into account that regional differences for treatment of children suffering early malnutrition, is suggested.

Nutrition disorders; Neuronal plasticity; Environmental enrichment

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