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Koziol, Leonard F.; Budding, Deborah Ely - Subcortical Structures and Cognition - 9780387848679 - V9780387848679
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Subcortical Structures and Cognition

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Description for Subcortical Structures and Cognition Paperback. Subcortical Structures and Cognition is written for maximum clinical applicability, making it important practical reading. It is the first book to discuss the cognitive and emotional aspects of subcortical pathology at the level of clinical neuropsychology. Num Pages: 405 pages, 9 black & white illustrations, 10 colour illustrations, biography. BIC Classification: JMM; JMR; MMH. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 234 x 156 x 23. Weight in Grams: 592.

Clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists are traditionally taught that cognition is mediated by the cortex and that subcortical brain regions mediate the coordination of movement. However, this argument can easily be challenged based upon the anatomic organization of the brain. The relationship between the prefrontal cortex/frontal lobes and basal ganglia is characterized by loops from these anterior brain regions to the striatum, the globus pallidus, and the thalamus, and then back to the frontal cortex. There is also a cerebrocerebellar system defined by projections from the cerebral cortex to the pontine nuclei, to the cerebellar cortex and deep cerebellar nuclei, to ... Read more

The second half of the book examines neuropsychological assessment. Patients with lesions restricted to the cerebellum and/or basal ganglia have been described as exhibiting a variety of cognitive deficits on neuropsychological tests. Numerous investigations have demonstrated that higher-level cognitive functions such as attention, executive functioning, language, visuospatial processing, and learning and memory are affected by subcortical pathologies. There is also considerable evidence that the basal ganglia and cerebellum play a critical role in the regulation of affect and emotion. These brain regions are an integral part of the brain’s executive system. The ability to apply new methodologies clinically is essential in the evaluation of disorders with subcortical pathology, including various developmental disorders (broadly defined to include learning disorders and certain psychiatric conditions), for the purpose of gaining greater understanding of these conditions and developing appropriate methodologies for treatment.


The book is organized around three sources of evidence:

  1. neuroanatomical connections;
  2. patients with various disease processes;
  3. experimental studies, including various imaging techniques.

These three sources of data present compelling evidence that the basal ganglia and cerebellum are involved in cognition, affect, and emotion. The question is no longer if these subcortical regions are involved in these processes, but instead, how they are involved. The book is also organized around two basic concepts: (1) the functional neuroanatomy of the basal ganglia and the cerebellum; and (2) how this relates to behavior and neuropsychological testing.

Cognitive neuroscience is entering a new era as we recognize the roles of subcortical structures in the modulation of cognition. The fields of neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, neuropsychiatry, and neurology are all developing in the direction of understanding the roles of subcortical structures in behavior. This book is informative while defining the need and direction for new paradigms and methodologies for neuropsychological assessment.

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About Koziol, Leonard F.; Budding, Deborah Ely
Dr. Leonard F. Koziol is a clinical psychologist with specialty board certifications in Neuropsychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology. He works with children, adolescents, and adults with attention or concentration problems, memory loss, or learning disabilities. Dr. Koziol has served as a forensic psychologist expert in legal proceedings. Dr. Koziol is currently part of the Clinical Faculty at Chicago Medical School, Finch ... Read more

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From the reviews: "Given its broad coverage and the clarity of writing, it should be very valuable for graduate students and in courses. This book opens the door to creativity by inviting neuropsychologists to develop new methodologies of investigations, following the demonstration that the cortico-centric model of cognition is no longer tenable. The authors have made a great job in ... Read more

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