1st Edition

Reflections of a Neuropsychologist
Brushes with Brains

ISBN 9781138481237
Published April 18, 2018 by Routledge
286 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Reflections of a Neuropsychologist: Brushes with Brains follows the life of an influential neuropsychologist's fascinating and varied career. Unique in its autobiographical approach, it features coverage of research into human evolution, archaeology and neurology.

Beginning with his earliest memories (and implications for memory processes), John L. Bradshaw reflects on his archaeological expeditions preceding his primary career as a physiological psychologist and a behavioural neuroscientist. His influential research covers such rare neurological disorders as Huntington’s disease, Friedreich ataxia and Williams syndrome, and more common maladies like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, stroke, Fragile X, Tourette’s syndrome, obsessive compulsive and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, schizophrenia, autism and depression.

His fascinating personal experiences illustrating scientific discoveries will entertain, enthuse, encourage and inspire, and provide established research scientists and practising clinicians with a unique road map.

Table of Contents


Table of Contents



Chapter 1, The Evolution of All Things

Chapter 2, Tools: Tacit and Tactual Symbols of Civilization

Chapter 3, Art, Graffiti, Juvenilia or Kilroy?

Chapter 4, Language, What Tales the Tongue may Tell

Chapter 5, The Child is Father to the Man

Chapter 6, The Old Forge and my First School

Chapter 7, Secondary School Early Awakenings, or Where the Whore Moans, there Moan I

Chapter 8, Dreaming Spires, Oxford Days, et in Arcadia Ego

Chapter 9, Sticking up like a Sore Thumb, Hitch Hiking

Chapter 10, An Industrious Interlude and Industrial Interval, ICI

Chapter 11, An Ugly Picture in a Beautiful Frame

Chapter 12, The Golden Road, or a Shot in the Dark

Chapter 13, Eyes a Window to your Thoughts

Chapter 14, Aotearoa, a Year in the Land of the Long White Cloud

Chapter 15, Terra Australis (Nobis Adhuc) Incognita

Chapter 16, Commissural Connectivity

Chapter 17, Harry McGurk, Read My Lips, Ventriloquism

Chapter 18, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Symmetrical Stimuli and Bimanual Responses

Chapter 19, Consciousness, Will and Time

Chapter 20, When Ignorance Is Bliss

Chapter 21, I Didn’t Think I Had Noticed It, Unconscious Processing

Chapter 22, When Recognition Fails, Agnosia

Chapter 23, Phantom Legs and Neglected Arms

Chapter 24, Is Your Tuesday Green? Synaesthesia

Chapter 25, Bodily Integrity and Identity, Is it really me?

Chapter 26, Empathy for Pain and Mirror Neurons

Chapter 27, Stop it, it Tickles; Why You Can’t Tickle Yourself

Chapter 28, Huntington’s Disease, the Lady of the Lake and the Hunt for the Gene

Chapter 29, Parkinson’s Disease, When Go Turns to Slow

Chapter 30, Musicians’ Dystonia A Brain Out Of Tune

Chapter 31, Clothes-pegs, Sex, Hobbies, Addiction and Gambling

Chapter 32, Fun, Fraud and Fabrication, What a Tangled Web We Weave

Chapter 33, A God of the Gaps and Dental Distress

Chapter 34, The Little Brain

Chapter 35, The Magician’s Apprentice: Back to Basics

Chapter 36, STROKE: The Hour that Struck

Chapter 37, I’m as Old as I Feel

Chapter 38, Where to now? Some Forward-Looking After Thoughts

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John L. Bradshaw originally received a scholarship to study Classical Languages at Merton College, Oxford (1958), before transferring to Psychology, Physiology and Philosophy. After two years (1962–1964) as a systems analyst for Imperial Chemical Industries, John completed a PhD in Physiological Psychology at Sheffield University (1967). He then worked at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand (1967–1968), before moving to the newly-established Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, rising to a Personal Chair and an Emeritus Professorship. His group has worked on movement, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, human evolution and the evolution of language, praxis and tool use, synaesthesia, spatial representation, embodiment, mirror neuron, phantom limb and many other arcane phenomena.


"Neuropsychology has been a fecund source of insight about the brain and the mind. Modern cognitive neuroscience originated from it. In Reflections of a Neuropsychologist, John L. Bradshaw provides an informed and entertaining account of its origin." --Carlo Umiltà, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychology, University of Padua, Italy.