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Old 21st April 2009, 10:19 PM   #11
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I remember coming across this effect some years ago when I read about an experiment where they removed the whiskers from kittens (I don't know how they could bring themselves to mutilate the poor kittens, but anyway...) then at a later stage in their life examined their brains.

They found that the part of the brain responsible for processing the whisker input had become rewired to process input from other senses. Furthermore, this effect was stronger the earlier in the kitten's life the whiskers were removed; if the kitten was already fully grown when the whiskers were removed then only a little rewiring occurred.

It's no surprise that the same happens in humans.
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