Cognitive Approaches to Neuropsychology

  • J. Michael Williams
  • Charles J. Long

Part of the Human Neuropsychology book series (HN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-1
  2. Debra L. Long, Arthur C. Graesser, Charles J. Long
    Pages 3-26
  3. Jennifer Sandson, Bruce Crosson, Michael I. Posner, Peggy P. Barco, Craig A. Velozo, Teresa C. Brobeck
    Pages 45-59
  4. Jill Booker, Daniel L. Schacter
    Pages 61-81
  5. Kurt A. Moehle, Jeffrey L. Rasmussen, Kathleen B. Fitzhugh-Bell
    Pages 143-167
  6. Murry G. Mutchnick
    Pages 169-187
  7. Randolph W. Parks, David A. Loewenstein, Jen Y. Chang
    Pages 189-210
  8. Susan Kotler-Cope, Fredda Blanchard-Fields, Wm. Drew Gouvier
    Pages 287-306
  9. William W. Beatty
    Pages 307-315
  10. Robert L. Pusakulich, Geri R. Alvis, Jeannette P. Ward
    Pages 317-330
  11. Walter F. Daniel
    Pages 331-355
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 357-361

About this book


Since its early development, neuropsychology has examined the manner in which cognitive abilities are mediated by the brain. fudeed, all of neuropsy­ chology, and especially clinical neuropsychology, could be subsumed under this general investigation. However, a variety of factors impeded the close as­ sociation of neuropsychologists and cognitive/experimental psychologists. These factors were prominent influences in both camps, which kept the study of cognition away from a consideration of biological foundations and kept neuropsychology theoretically impoverished. In recent years, these factors have diminished and "cognitive neuropsychology" has become a popular term to describe the new movements to join the study of cognition with the study of brain function. The factors which kept these areas separate were manifestations of his­ torical trends and represent a social distance which largely happened by acci­ dent. The first and perhaps most important factor was that early investigators of cognition and brain function were not psychologists. Most were neurolo­ gists or otlier neuroscientists who were excellent observers of behavior fol­ lowing brain injury but had virtually no theoretical context of cognitive psy­ chology, which would allow them to expand and deepen their understanding of the behavior they were observing. As more psychologists who have such a context have observed the consequences of brain disorders, especially aphasia and amnesia, the study of them has become far more comprehensive as theo­ ries of language and memory derived from cognitive psychology have been incorporated into the investigations.


behavior brain brain injury clinical neuropsychology cognition cognitive psychology memory neuropsychology psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • J. Michael Williams
    • 1
  • Charles J. Long
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mental Health SciencesHahnemann Medical UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Memphis State University and University of Tennessee Center for the Health SciencesMemphisUSA

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