The purpose of this book is to provide the reader with a perspective on apraxia that considers a link between the pathology of apraxia and normal motor skill. In addition, it is the intention of the authors to provide information that is theoretically interesting as well as clinically applicable. The book is a collection of papers by various authors working in the area of apraxia, almost exclusively with limb aparaxia specifically. Beginning with Hugo Liepman's work of the late 19th century, a cognitive neuropsychological model of limb apraxia is reviewed, the use of new technologies that are informative about the mechanisms of limb praxis are discussed, and issues related to research as well as clinical assessment/management of the disorder are provided. While acquired limb apraxia is the focus of the book, there are also chapters on handedness, developmental apraxia of speech, and disorders of handwriting.
For limb apraxia, handedness, and developmental dyspraxia this book provides the reader with a much needed perspective and the clinician with theoretical underpinnings, which may permit greater precision in clinical intervention. …the series editors are to be congratulated for selecting and summarising theoretical perspectives pertinent to the treatment of this common and disabling disorder. - David J. McGlown, Clinical Director, The Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation & Development, Chester
L.J.G. Rothi, K.M. Heilman, Introduction to Limb Apraxia. K.M. Heilman, L.J.G. Rothi, Limb Apraxia: A Look Back. K.M. Heilman, Handedness. L.J.G. Rothi, C. Ochipa, K.M. Heilman, A Cognitive Neuropsychological Model of Limb Praxis and Apraxia. A.M. Rayer, C. Ochipa, Conceptual Praxis. L.J.G. Rothi, A.M. Raymer, K.M. Heilman, Limb Praxis Assessment. L.M. Maher, C. Ochipa, Management and Treatment of Limb Apraxia. H. Poizner, A.S. Merians, M.A. Clark, L.J.G. Rothi, K.M. Heilman, Kinematic Approaches to the Study of Apraxic Disorders. D.L. Harrington, K.Y. Haaland, Representations of Actions in Ideomotor Limb Apraxia: Clues from Motor Programming and Control. S.Z. Rapscak, Disorders of Writing. P.A. Square, E.A. Roy, R.E. Martin, Apraxia of Speech: Another Form of Praxis Disruption. B. Crosson, Subcortical Limb Apraxia. M.K. Morris, Developmental Apraxia. M.F. Schwartz, L.J. Buxbaum, Naturalistic Action.
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.