Despite dramatic advances in neuroimaging techniques, patient-based analyses of brain disorders continue to offer important insights into the functioning of the normal brain. Bridging the gap between the work of neurologists studying clinical disorders and neuroscientists studying the neural mechanisms underlying normal cognition, this book reviews classical neurobehavioral syndromes from both neurological and cognitive scientific perspectives.
The contributors are all practicing neurologists who also conduct cognitive neuroscience research. Each chapter begins with a case study, describing the patient's symptoms and the cognitive processes involved. The clinical descriptions are followed by historical background on the neurobehavioral syndromes and discussion of the methods used to understand the underlying neural mechanisms. In their attempts to reconcile conflicting data derived from different methodologies, many of the authors shed new light on the cognitive mechanisms they discuss. The syndromes include neglect, Balint's syndrome, amnesia, semantic dementia, topographical disorientation, acquired dyslexia, acalculia, transcortical motor aphasia, Wernicke's aphasia, apraxia, and lateral prefrontal syndrome.
About the Editor
Mark D’Esposito, M.D., is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Director of the Henry H. Wheeler, Jr., Brain Imaging Center at the University of California, Berkeley.
"This book remains solidly anchored in the tradition of behavioral neurology while at the same time incorporating contemporary developments. The contributors are practicing neurologists who have achieved prominence in their fields. Their research and thinking, as discussed in the pages of this book, provide most palpable proof that behavioral neurology is alive and prospering, and that it continues to serve as a cornerstone for the cognitive neurosciences."
—Marsel Mesulam, Ruth and Evelyn Dunbar Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry and Director, The Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center (CNADC), Northwestern University Medical School