Neuropsychology Textbook – Contents

  • 1. What is Neuropsychology?

  • Background Disciplines of Neuropsychology
    Different Kinds of Neuropsychologists Learn by Hands-on Experience


    Science Is Counterintuitive
    Some Modern Terms Methods for Approaching Mind and Brain

  • 2. Concepts of Mind

  • Machine Analogies of Brain Activity
    How Does Mind Arise from Matter?
    Historical Development of Mind-Body Ideas
    Early Concepts of Mind
    Post-Renaissance Thought
    The Nineteenth Century and Localization What We Think of Mind Today

  • 3. Concepts of Neural Tissue

  • The Standard Hierarchical Model
    The New Multiplex Model
    Nonlinear Information Flow
    Function Is Not Strictly Localized
    Learning Anatomic Details Three General Arrangements of Neurons
    Phyletic Development
    Cortical Columns
    The Distributed System
    Topography: Patterns of Neural Connection Subcortical Entities The Limbic System Lateralization and Hemispheric Specialization
    The Cerebral Commissures
    Channel and State Functions Chemoarchitecture
    Advanced Concepts Free Lunch and Imagination Consciousness is a Type of Emotion The Limits of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science


  • 4. How to Examine a Patient

  • The Clinical Method
    Interpreting the Data Differing Modes of Analysis
    Hierarchies in Examination
    Taking the History
    The Physical Examination
    The Mental Status Examination

  • 5. Formal Neuropsychological Assessment

  • The Assessment of Higher Cerebral Functions
    Scope of Tests and Report Format
    Higher Cerebral Function Assessment Order of Test Administration Test Features
    Additional Tests and Improvisation
    Typical Kinds of Consults Discussing Results with Patients A Sample HCF Report

  • 6. Localization: Symptoms Caused by Focal Lesions in the Cerebrum

  • Syndromes Caused by Occipital LesionsAnopia Cortical Blindness Visual Anosognosia Visual Illusions and Hallucinations
    Metamorphopsia and Allied Experiences
    Visual Agnosia
    Balint’s Optic AtaxiaSyndromes Caused by Temporal LesionsWernicke’s Aphasia Amusia and Other Auditory Agnosias Auditory Illusions and Hallucinations
    Olfactory and Gustatory Hallucinations Synesthesia
    Other Subjective Experiences Dependent on the Temporal Lobe Release Hallucinations (Revisited) and Form Constants
    Memory DisturbanceSyndromes Caused by Parietal LesionsCortical Sensory Disturbances
    AsomatognosiaSyndromes Caused by Frontal and Limbic LesionsFrontal Lesions
    Limbic and Paralimbic LesionsSyndromes Caused by Subcortical LesionsBasal Ganglia
    Cerebellum and Higher Functions


  • 7. Disconnection Syndromes

  • Historical Development Symptoms of the Callosal Syndrome
    Testing for Callosal Signs
    Other Disconnection Syndromes
    Alexia Without Agraphia Pure Word Deafness Advanced Issues Regarding the Commissures

  • 8. Emotion, Consciousness, and Subjectivity

  • Emotion and Focal Lesions Neocortical Lesions
    Limbic Lesions
    Basal Ganglia Lesions Brainstem and Cerebellar Lesions
    Emotion and Consciousness Awareness Directed Attention Objectivity and Subjectivity

  • 9. Memory and Amnesia

  • Current Concepts of Memory The Plastic Nature of Memory Memory: Localized or Diffuse?
    Aspects of Memory Specific Clinical Disorders of Memory
    Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type
    Transient Global Amnesia
    Korsakoff’s Psychosis
    Alcoholic Blackouts Concussion Forgetfulness in the Senium Psychogenic Memory Loss
    Therapy for Amnesia

  • 10. Dementia: An Example of Diffuse Disease

  • Terminology of Dementia
    Clinical Course of Dementia Reversible Dementias Intoxications
    Metabolic Abnormalities
    Substrate Deficiencies
    HIV and Infectious Agents Depression Hydrocephalus
    Primary Degenerative Dementias
    Alzheimer’s Disease Pick’s Disease Vascular Dementia
    Parkinson’s Disease
    Huntington’s Chorea Pugilistic Dementia
    Differential Diagnosis
    Laboratory Tests
    MRI and CT Investigation of Dementia
    The Neurology of Aging
    General Considerations
    Anatomical Considerations

  • 11. The Epilepsies

  • Types of Seizures
    Generalized Tonic-Clonic Convulsions
    Absence Seizures
    Partial Seizures
    Psychosis in Epilepsy Surgery for Epilepsy Psychosocial Issues

  • 12. Spatial Knowledge

  • The Legacy of Gestalt Psychology Geographic Knowledge Body Schema Disturbances Finger Agnosia Knowledge of Right Versus Left Constructional Praxis
    Visual Agnosia
    Simultanagnosia Prosopagnosia
    A Theory of Visual Agnosia
    Auditory Scene Analysis Form Constants Revisited Number Forms The Sensation of Movement

  • 13. Language

  • The Neurologic Model Non–Perisylvian Language Disorders Revisions to the Wernicke Model
    Further Considerations Traditional Codicils Thought and Language Gesture
    Structure and Function
    Alexia and Dyslexia Language Models and Microgenesis

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