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About Blake Butler

Dr. Blake Butler is a neuroscientist researching neuroplasticity as it relates to sensory system loss, especially hearing loss; more specifically, he is interested in compensatory development following sensory loss and subsequent barriers to restoration.


Dr. Butler researches the structural and functional consequences of abnormal periods of early sensory experience with a focus on profound hearing loss in early development. This includes the study of cross-modal plasticity – the ability of brain regions that normally process sound to adapt to other sensory inputs when deprived of hearing – and the barriers these compensatory functions may pose to hearing restoration.
 
Research
How is the structure and function of the brain influenced by early sensory experience? What is the neural basis of cross-modal plasticity, and what role does this play in children with profound hearing loss and auditory prostheses? How does sensory impairment influence the development of sensory and cognitive processes in children?
Goal: understand the role of early sensory experience is shaping brain function and behaviour


Dr. Blake Butler is an assistant professor in the department of psychology and the brain and mind institute at the University of Western Ontario. His research focusses on the role of experience & plasticity in the development of sensory systems, with a focus on hearing loss and restoration. His program combines behavioural, neuroimaging, and anatomical approaches across models.

Positions

Present Assistant Professor, Western University Department of Psychology
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Present Core Member, Western University Brain and Mind Institute
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Present Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute ‐ Children's Health Research Institute (CHRI)
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