This review covers recent progress in three major areas of investigation in somatosensory systems: development, developmental plasticity and functional reorganization. Important findings relate to the development of periphery-related patterning in thalamic afferents to somatosensory cortex, the controversial role of neural activity in the development and plasticity of periphery-related afferent patterning in the brainstem and cortex, experience-dependent reorganizations in adult somatosensory cortex, and the locus of these changes.
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The authors’ work is supported in part by NIH grant NS 31558. NL Kuff is supported by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Yredoctoral Fellowship and KH Dyck by an MI\C of Canada fellowship.