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This publication provides the human hand from an total standpoint – from the 1st visual appeal of hand-like constructions within the fins of massive fishes dwelling thousands of years in the past to today´s and the future’s mind-controlled synthetic fingers.

Much concentration is given to the tremendous well-developed sensation of the hand, its value and its linkage to mind plasticity mechanisms. How can lively arms swiftly extend their representational quarter within the mind? How can the experience of contact alternative for different poor senses, resembling in Braille studying the place hand sensation substitutes for lacking imaginative and prescient? How can the mere statement of lively fingers, belonging to others, turn on the hand sector within the observer’s personal mind and what's the significance of this phenomenon for studying through imitation and the knowledge of different peoples’ activities, gestures and physique language? Why are a few of us left-handed and what are the implications from cultural and physiological viewpoints? Why does phantom sensation and phantom ache take place after hand amputation, and what do we do approximately it? Why can salamanders regenerate new extremities whereas people can't? Is it attainable to transplant a hand from a diseased person to an amputee? Can synthetic robot arms be managed via our brain, and will they ever achieve the position of an ordinary hand? What position did the hand and the mind play in the course of evolution in tool construction and improvement of language and cognitive capabilities? The hand has a excessive symbolic worth in faith, literature and paintings and our arms have a key position in gestures and physique language.  

The Hand and the Brain is geared toward anyone with curiosity in existence sciences, within the clinical box specially hand surgeons, orthopaedic experts, neurologists and common practitioners, and people operating in rehabilitation drugs and soreness remedy. the unique Swedish model of The Hand and the mind has additionally turn into highly regarded between physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, and between a basic inhabitants with an curiosity in technological know-how.

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