top of page

Cross-Modal Plasticity (with Johanna Jaansoo)

In this episode, we were joined by special guest and fellow young neuroscientist, Johanna Jaansoo, to discuss cross-modal plasticity. We covered what cross-modal plasticity is, what it tells us about the links between the development of sensory systems in the brain and higher-order cognition, and how it can inform future therapies for neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.

What is cross-modal plasticity?

Cross-modal plasticity: where and how?. Bavelier, D., & Neville, H. J. (2002). Nature reviews. Neuroscience, 3(6), 443–452.

How is cross-modal plasticity implicated in sensory deficit disorders?

Cross-modal plasticity for the spatial processing of sounds in visually deprived subjects. Collignon, O., Voss, P., Lassonde, M., & Lepore, F. (2009). Experimental brain research, 192(3), 343–358.

Visual stimuli activate auditory cortex in the deaf. Finney, E., Fine, I. & Dobkins, K. Nat Neurosci 4, 1171–1173 (2001).

How does the timing of sensory deficits influence the capacity for plasticity?

Sensitive and critical periods in visual sensory deprivation. Patrice Voss (2013).

How is the development of sensory systems in the brain linked to cognitive development?

Jorquera-Cabrera, S., Romero-Ayuso, D., Rodriguez-Gil, G., & Triviño-Juárez, J. M. (2017). Assessment of Sensory Processing Characteristics in Children between 3 and 11 Years Old: A Systematic Review. Frontiers in pediatrics, 5, 57.

Humes, L. E., & Young, L. A. (2016). Sensory-Cognitive Interactions in Older Adults. Ear and hearing, 37 Suppl 1(Suppl 1), 52S–61S.

Pressnitzer, D., Sayles, M., Micheyl, C., & Winter, I. M. (2008). Perceptual organization of sound begins in the auditory periphery. Current biology : CB, 18(15), 1124–1128.

How is multisensory integration linked to neurological disorders?

Stevenson, R. A., Zemtsov, R. K., & Wallace, M.T. (2012). Individual differences in the multisensory temporal binding window predict susceptibility to audiovisual illusions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 28(6): 1517-1529.

Stevenson, R. A., Segers, M., Ferber, S., Barense, M.D., & Wallace, M.T. (2014). The impact of multisensory integration deficits on speech perception in children with autism spectrum disorders. Frontiers in Psychology, 5(379), 1-4.

Stevenson, R. A., Siemann, J. K., Woynaroski, T. G., Schneider, B. C., Eberly, H. E., Camarata, S. M., & Wallace, M. T. (2014). Multisensory temporal integration in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(3), 691-697.

How can knowledge about sensory cross-modal plasticity be harnessed in developing therapies for neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodegeneration in old age?

Sensory integration therapy for children with autism:

Sensory loss and cognitive decline in elderly:


bottom of page