Localization of Clinical Syndromes in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience

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Springer Publishing Company, Jan 23, 2009 - Psychology - 864 pages
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Within neuropsychology, localization refers to the relationship between the anatomical structures of the brain and their corresponding psychological or behavioral function. There has long been considerable debate over localization. How widespread is it? Are some functions more localized than others? By the mid-20th century, a formidable amount of evidence seemed to strongly support the modularity hypothesis that psychological functions such as language and memory reside in specific neuroanatomical areas. More recently, neuroimaging studies seem to suggest a more holisitc view--that psychological functions are distributed and dynamically organized across multiple brain regions.

This book by two senior figures in clinical neuropsychology sets out to reconcile these two approaches, arguing that newer imaging techniques must be used in conjunction with, rather than replace, traditional neuropsychology approaches such interviewing, testing, and autopsy exams. Only by triangulating these various approaches can neuropsychologists begin to understand the complex relationship between brain structure and mental function that is exhibited across the spectrum of neurological disorders. The book's big picture perspective on a long running debate will usefully counterbalance current research that emphasizes imaging studies to the exclusion of other useful techniques. "


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1 Disturbances of Brain Information Processing and Localization Studies
Visual Agnosia
Other Types of Agnosia
Illusions and Hallucinations
5 Disturbances of Recognition of the Social World
6 Disturbances of Actions
7 Communication Disorders
Disturbances of the Major Supportive System of Brain Information Processing
Impairments of Volition
Impairments of Emotion
12 Generalized Cognitive Disturbances
13 Neuropsychological Testing of Clinical Syndromes

Impairment of Visually Guided Attention

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Joseph M. Tonkonogy, MD, PhD, FRSM is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. A friend and collaborator of the late A.R. Luria, Dr. Tonkonogy is the author or editor of over 150 books and peer-reviewed journal articles, including Vascular Aphasia (MIT Press, 1986) and Brief Neuropsychological Cognitive Examination (Western Psychological Services, 1997). Dr. Tonkonogy is a member of numerous professional societies, including the National Academy of Neuropsychology, International Neuropsychological Society, American Neuropsychiatric Association, Behavioral Neurology Society, and The Royal Society of Medicine.

Antonio E. Puente, PhD is Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he teaches courses on clinical neuropsychological assessment. Previously, he was a staff psychologist at Northeast Florida State Hospital. In addition, Dr. Puente maintains a private practice in the Wilmington, NC area and provides expert testimony as a forensic neuropsychologist. He is the author of six books and over 150 journal articles. He has served as the editor for the journal Neuropsychology Review as well as series editor for Plenum's Critical Issues in Neuropsychology.

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