About this Research Topic
The understanding of our surroundings occurs largely in a multisensory environment where our senses and motor system are in continuous cooperation. The interaction between sensory modalities seems to rely on a fragile equilibrium, as a modification (deprivation, substitution, training, etc.) of one modality can lead to important perceptual alterations at both unisensory and multisensory levels. The importance of understanding the nature of neuroplastic changes during normal and abnormal development lies not only in the establishing of the brain's true adaptive potential, but also in clarifying intervening developmental constraints and guiding future rehabilitation strategies. Unfortunately, knowledge regarding the extent and limits underlying such sensory-motor changes is still lacking and the factors that may constrain or promote these changes are even less understood. The study of crossmodal perception and neuroplasticity is a broad field that requires thorough investigation on multiple levels. The present Research Topic is open to all perspectives. Although articles on normal development are welcome, we wish to put the emphasis of this Research Topic on the factors that may constrains or enhance performance in humans. This research topic will more particularly consider articles exploring the consequences of permanent, partial or temporary deafferentation on the development of unisensory and multisensory processing and the impact of these changes on rehabilitation strategies. The goal of this Research Topic of Frontiers is to provide a state-of-the-art view of the field.
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