Neuropsychological Deficits in Alcoholics: Cognitive and Motivational Factors

  • Oscar A. Parsons


The year is 1966. The place is Copenhagen, Denmark. I am sitting at my desk in our rented home preparing for a course in neuropsychology that I am teaching at Copenhagen University during my sabbatical as a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer. The phone rings. It is the Chair of our Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr LJ (Jolly) West. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), he tells me, is interested in establishing centers for the study of alcoholism throughout the United States (later, of course, the centers were placed under the new National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism). Jolly believes that we have the research scientists to undertake such a center. “But,” I protest, “none of us have been doing research on alcohol.” Jolly is patient. He explains how that could work to our advantage.


Neuropsychological Deficit Neuropsychological Test Performance Oklahoma Health Male Alcoholic Female Alcoholic 
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