The Neuropsychology of Mental Illness

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-09
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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It is widely accepted that most psychiatric disorders are associated with cognitive impairment and that neuropsychological approaches can help unravel the mechanisms underlying brain function and help us develop a better understanding of these disorders. In this book, a panel of the world's leading experts describe the development of neuropsychological approaches to the investigation, description, measurement and management of a wide range of mental illnesses. Part One explains the rationale for examining neuropsychological processes within clinical disorders, leading into Part Two summarizing and critiquing the methodological approaches to study. Part Three covers each of the major psychiatric disorders and provides a summary of the neuropsychological findings for each condition. The final section brings together the perspectives of neuroscientists, psychiatrists and philosophers. Essential reading for all those studying the healthy as well as the disordered brain, The Neuropsychology of Mental Illness will appeal to specialists from the fields of mental health, psychology, clinical neuroscience and philosophy.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Neuropsychological Processes
Developmental neuropsychology: normative trajectories and risk for psychiatric illness
Processes and mechanisms in neuropsychiatry: sensory-perceptual
Processes and mechanisms in neuropsychiatry: motor-executive processes
The neurobiology of the emotion response: perception, experience, and regulation
Frontal asymmetry in emotion, personality and psychopathology: methodological issues in electrocortical and hemodynamic neuroimaging
Approaches to understanding language dysfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders: insights from the study of schizophrenia
Associative memory
The neural basis of attention
The role of executive functions in psychiatric disorders
The neuropsychology of social cognition: implications for psychiatric disorders
The Importance of Methods
Psychiatric diagnoses: purposes, limitations and an alternative approach
Neuropsychological methods in mental disorders research: illustrations from methamphetamine dependence
The study of emotion and the interaction between emotion and cognition: methodological perspectives
Neurophysiology: using neurophysiological techniques to study auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia
Psychopharmacological modeling of psychiatric illness
Cognitive phenomics
The Neuropsychology of Psychiatric Disorders
Neuropsychology of ADHD and other disorders of childhood
A multidimensional neurobehavioral model of personality disorders
Neuropsychology in eating disorders
Neurobiological and neuropsychological pathways into substance use and addictive behaviour
Neuropsychology of obsessive-compulsive disorder
Neuropsychological investigation in mood disorders
Manic distractibility and processing efficiency in bipolar disorder
Integration and Synthesis: Are Mental Illnesses Disorders of Consciousness? A Trialogue between Neuroscientific, Philosophical, and Psychiatric Perspectives
Mental illness and the consciousness thesis
A nonreductive physicalist account of affective consciousness
Consciousness of oneself and others in relation to mental disorders
Trialogue: commentaries on 'are mental illnesses disorders of consciousness?' Comments on Panksepp and on Vogeley and Newen
Affective consciousness and the psychiatric comfort zones of experienced life
The definition and the constitution of mental disorders and the role of neural dysfunctions
Response to commentaries
Understanding affects: toward a neurobiology of primary process mentalities
Replies to comments by Jaak Panksepp and by G. Lynn Stephens and George Graham
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