A survey of the main behavioural characteristics or symptoms of aphasia, which presents a series of essays on the history and current developments in this field of neuropsychological research. Contributors discuss recovery, rehabilitation and other contemporary issues.
Symptoms, syndromes, models - the nature of aphasia, Chris Code; fluency, Klaus Poeck; impairments of naming and wordfinding, Robert Goldfarb and Harvey Halpern; auditory verbal comprehension impairment, Ed Schulte and Sara Dale Brandt; agrammatism and paragrammatism, Marjorie Perlman Lorch; phonological paraphasia, Hugh W.Buckingham; jargonaphasia, Sarah S.Christman and Hugh W.Buckingham; apraxia of speech, Niklas Miller; speech automatisms and recurring utterances, Chris Code; acquired disorders of reading and writing, Christopher Barry.
From being an area primarily on the periphery of mainstream behavioural and cognitive science, neuropsychology has developed in recent years into an area of central concern for a range of disciplines.
We are witnessing not only a revolution in the way in which brain-behaviour-cognition relationships are viewed, but also a widening of interest concerning developments in neuropsychology on the part of a range of workers in a variety of fields.
Major advances in brain-imaging techniques and the cognitive modelling of the impairments following brain injury promise a wider understanding of the nature of the representation of cognition and behaviour in the damaged and undamaged brain.
Neuropsychology is now centrally important for those working with brain-damaged people, but the very rate of expansion in the area makes it difficult to keep with findings from the current research.
The aim of the Brain, Behaviour and Cognition series is to publish a wide range of books that present comprehensive and up-to-date overviews of current developments in specific areas of interest.
These books will be of particular interest to those working with the brain-damaged. It is the editors' intention that undergraduates, postgraduates, clinicians and researchers in psychology, speech pathology, and medicine will find this series a useful source of information on important current developments.
The authors and editors of the books in the series are experts in their respective fields, working at the forefront of contemporary research. They have produced texts that are accessible and scholarly. We thank them for their contribution and their hard work in fulfilling the aims of the series.