This special issue of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation provides an opportunity to characterise some of the key clinical issues concerned with assessing and managing pathologies of subjective or conscious awareness. Elucidating the cognitive processes underlying awareness, and their corresponding phenomenological experiences, provides the necessary theoretical platform to inform assessments and justify interventions aimed at compensating for, and/or reducing the functional consequences of, impaired awareness. This special issue represents an attempt to bring together previously disparate research findings and conceptual issues from relevant fields within medicine and the psychological sciences and, in so doing, provide for a more coherent, comprehensive account which clinicians and theoreticians can use to better understand the apparently obvious but unwieldy construct of awareness.
L. Clare, P. Halligan, Pathologies of Awareness: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice (Editorial). A. Zeman, What Do We Mean by ‘Conscious’ and ‘Aware’? T. Ro, R. Rafal, Visual Restoration in Cortical Blindness: Insights from Natural and TMS-induced Blindsight. L. Bach, A. David, Self-awareness After Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury. T. Ownsworth, L. Clare, R. Morris, An Integrated Biopsychosocial Approach to Understanding Awareness Deficits in Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Injury. T. I. Markova, G. Berrios, Approaches to Assessment of Awareness: Conceptual Issues. P. Halligan, Awareness and Knowing: Implications for Rehabilitation.J. Fleming, T. Ownsworth, A Review of Awareness Interventions in Brain Injury Rehabilitation. Subject Index.