Task Selectivity as a Comprehensive Principle for Brain Organization

Trends Cogn Sci. 2017 May;21(5):307-310. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2017.03.007. Epub 2017 Apr 3.


How do the anatomically consistent functional selectivities of the brain emerge? A new study by Bola and colleagues reveals task selectivity in auditory rhythm-selective areas in congenitally deaf adults perceiving visual rhythm sequences. Here, we contextualize this result with accumulating evidence from animal and human studies supporting sensory-independent task specializations as a comprehensive principle shaping brain (re)organization.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Auditory Cortex
  • Auditory Perception / physiology*
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Brain Mapping
  • Deafness / physiopathology*
  • Hearing
  • Humans
  • Photic Stimulation