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The Assessment, Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Everyday Memory Problems

Selected papers of Barbara A. Wilson, 1st Edition

By Barbara A. Wilson

Psychology Press

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In the World Library of Psychologists series, international experts present career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest work—extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings and their major theoretical and practical contributions.

This volume of self-selected papers recognises Professor Barbara A. Wilson's major contribution to the study of neuropsychology. Published over a 25-year period, the papers included here address the assessment, treatment and evaluation of rehabilitation provided to people who have memory difficulties arising from an injury or illness affecting the brain.

This selection of papers includes work on errorless learning, the natural history of the development of compensatory memory systems, paging systems developed to enhance independent daily living for memory impaired people and single-case experimental designs to appraise the response of individual patients. The final section includes a practical framework for understanding compensatory behaviour, a model of cognitive rehabilitation and a discussion of the dilemmas created by the different aims of neuroscience as opposed to those of clinicians.

This book will be of great interest to clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists, along with anyone who is interested in reducing the impact of memory problems on people who have suffered brain injury.


"Barbara Wilson has brought together in one volume a careful selection of exceptional studies that she and her collaborators have contributed to contemporary neuropsychological rehabilitation, particularly of everyday memory disabilities. These seminal studies coupled clinical experience and modern psychological theory on the nature of memory with the actual everyday needs of people with impairments in memory, resulting in innovative and effective interventions and inspired assessment tools." - Chris Code, University of Exeter, UK

"Barbara Wilson's research and clinical work has inspired generations of Psychologists, Allied Health Professionals, rehabilitation clients and participants in research. Her work has undoubtedly led to the alleviation of suffering and disability directly for those she has worked with, and indirectly, all around the world. She has become a world renown Psychologist for her tireless efforts to solve practical neuropsychological problems, and she has disseminated her views through publication, lectures and workshops everywhere. She has continued an astonishing work rate into her retirement. The consequences of her work has included the founding of rehabilitation services in the UK and internationally (for example there is a rehab unit named after her in Equador), as well as individually changing the behaviour and work practices of clinicians who have met her or read her work. This volume contains a reflective introduction that provides a great autobiographical summary of her scholarly work. In recent times Universities have grappled with the concept of translational research. Her impact and body of work illustrate that she has been translating research to patient benefit right from the start of her career, with a compelling ethic of compassion driving the work. For all these reasons this volume truly deserves its place in the World Library Series." - Andrew Bateman, Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, UK

Table of Contents

Assessment. Baddeley & Wilson, Frontal amnesia and the dysexecutive syndrome. Wilson, Cockburn, Baddeley, & Hiorns, The development and validation of a test battery for detecting and monitoring everyday memory problems. Wilson, Baddeley, Shiel, & Patton, How does post traumatic amnesia differ from the amnesic syndrome and from chronic memory impairment. Treatment. Baddeley & Wilson, When implicit learning fails: Amnesia and the problem of error elimination. Wilson, Baddeley, Evans & Shiel, Errorless learning in the rehabilitation of memory impaired people. Wilson & Hughes, Coping with amnesia: The natural history of a compensatory memory system. Wilson, Emslie, Quirk & Evans, Reducing everyday memory and planning problems by means of a paging system: A randomised control crossover study. Page, Wilson, Shiel, Carter & Norris, What is the locus of the errorless-learning advantage? Saez, Deakins, Winson, Watson & Wilson, A ten-year follow up of a paging service for people with memory and planning problems within a healthcare system: how do recent users differ from the original users? Evaluation. Wilson, Single case experimental designs in neuropsychological rehabilitation. Wilson, Long term prognosis of patients with severe memory disorders. Theories, models and frameworks. Wilson & Watson, A practical framework for understanding compensatory behaviour in people with organic memory impairment. Wilson, Towards a comprehensive model of cognitive rehabilitation. Wilson, The clinical neuropsychologist’s dilemma.

About the Author

Barbara A. Wilson is a clinical neuropsychologist who has worked in brain injury rehabilitation for 35 years. She has won many awards for her work including an OBE in 1998 and two lifetime achievement awards. Her publications include 19 books, over 270 journal articles and chapters and eight neuropsychological tests. She is the editor and founder of the journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, and in 1996 she founded the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.

About the Series

World Library of Psychologists

The World Library of Psychologists celebrates the important contributions to psychology made by leading experts in their individual fields of study. Each scholar has compiled a career-long collection of what they consider to be their finest pieces: extracts from books, journals, articles, major theoretical and practical contributions, and salient research findings.

For the first time ever the work of each contributor is presented in a single volume so readers can follow the themes and progress of their work and identify the contributions made to, and the development of, the fields themselves.

The distinguished careers of the selected experts span at least two decades and include Barbara Wilson, Elizabeth Valentine, Leo Hendry, Jonathan St. B.T. Evans and Mark Griffiths.

Each book in the series features a specially written introduction by the contributor giving an overview of his career, contextualizing his selection within the development of the field, and showing how his own thinking developed over time.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology