Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 141-148

First online:

Shepherd Ivory Franz: His contributions to neuropsychology and rehabilitation

  • Victor A. ColotlaAffiliated withWorkers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia Email author 
  • , Paul Bach-Y-RitaAffiliated withDepartments of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin Email author 


Shepherd I. Franz was an important figure in psychology of the last century, and historians of psychology have given recognition to much of his work. However, his experimental work with animals and his pioneer investigations in experimental and clinical neuropsychology have been largely ignored. This article reviews his conceptual, assessment, and treatment contributions, including (1) his pioneering work on the use of learned behavior as a baseline for the study of cerebral ablations, (2) his interest in brain plasticity, (3) his development of comprehensive psychological assessment methods, and (4) his work on the rehabilitation of neurological patients with techniques derived from his animal experiments. His work predated much of what is now part of the conceptual substance of the experimental and clinical neurosciences.