Schizophrenia is being increasingly viewed as a neurological disorder. The Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia addresses the key questions in modern schizophrenia research. How do abnormalities of the brain produce the characteristic signs and symptoms of this most severe and mysterious mental malady? Where are these abnormalities? How do they develop? How can we detect them? What clinical and cognitive effects do they have?
This new book is the first of its kind to tackle these questions in a systematic way from a number of allied perspectives: from phenomenology to physiology, animal behaviour to metacognition and from PET scans to paper and pencil tests. A number of authors from the United Kingdom and the United States have made contributions; all are acknowledged experts in the field. The chapters each contain a concise review of the particular topic, empirical data and also a theoretical overview.
The Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia will be required reading for all serious students of schizophrenia from both medical and psychology backgrounds.
The neuropsychological study of psychosis is a relatively new field, and this book is an excellent addition to the literature…this is a 'state of the art book.' The chapters are clearly written and the book has been well edited…this book is essential reading in order to gain an insight into approaches and models which are currently influential. - Ronan O'Carroll in Psychological Medicine.
Conference proceedings are not always an enticing read, but this publication shows that a successful conference can produce a stimulating book. Collectively its chapters (by both psychiatrists and psychologists) provide a wealth of information and ideas on current and future research into the cognitive disorders and their localisation in the brain, which underlie the symptoms of schizophrenia. - Frances Klemperer (Community Help Services, Brussels) in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
A.S. David, J. Cutting, The Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia: Introduction and Overview. Part I: Neuroimaging and Neuropsychology. T. Early, J.W. Haller, M.I. Posner, M. Raichle, The Left Striato-Pallidal Hyperactivity Model of Schizophrenia. P. Liddle, Volition and Schizophrenia. Part II: Information Processing. K.H. Nuechterlein, M.S. Buchsbaum, M.E. Dawson, Neuropsychological Vulnerability to Schizophrenia. M.F. Green, K.H. Nuechterlein, Mechanisms of Backward Masking in Schizophrenia. D. Hemsley, Perceptual and Cognitive Abnormalities as the Bases for Schizophrenic Symptoms. Part III: Neuropsychology and Neurodevelopment. E. Walker, Neurodevelopmental Precursors of Schizophrenia. P. Jones, C. Guth, S. Lewis, R. Murray, Low Intelligence and Poor Education Achievement Precede Early Onset Schizophrenic Psychosis. Part IV: Cognition and Metacognition. C. Frith, Theory of Mind in Schizophrenia. P.J. McKenna, A.M. Mortimer, J.R. Hodges, Semantic Memory in Schizophrenia. Part V: Clinical Neuropsychology. G. Dunkley, D. Rogers, The Cognitive Impairment of Severe Psychiatric Illness. K. Fleming, T.E. Goldberg, J.M. Gold, Applying Working Memory Constructs to Schizophrenic Cognitive Impairment. C. Panelis, H. Nelson, Cognitive Functioning and Symptomatology in Schizophrenia: The Role of Fronto-Subcortical Involvement. J. Cutting, Evidence for Right Hemisphere Dysfunction in Schizophrenia. Part VI: Auditory Hallucinations. P. Slade, Models of Hallucination: From Theory to Practice. R. Hoffman, J. Rapaport, A Psycholinguistic Study of Auditory/Verbal Hallucinations: Preliminary Findings. Part VII: Delusions and Delusional Misidentification. A.S. David, The Neuropsychological Origin of Auditory Hallucinations. H.D. Ellis, K.W. de Pauw, The Cognitive Neuropsychiatric Origins of the Capgras Delusion. R.B. Bentall, Biases and Abnormal Beliefs: Towards a Model of Persecutory Delusions. S. Fleminger, Top-Down Preconscious Perceptual Processing and Delusional Misidentification in Neuropsychiatric Disorder.
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.