Consciousness and Pathology of Language

  • Jason W. Brown


There are two basic orientations in neuropsychological research. The one holds that psychopathology is simply a malfunction of a normal mechanism, and that the pathological has meaning only to the extent to which it relates to a hypothetical normal capacity. The other approach maintains that the laws of pathological change bear an inner relationship to those of normal function, that the pathological is not a fragmentation but a lawful unraveling of normal cognitive structure. Here the pathological does not simply point to something but represents a level in normal cognition. In this view, pathological change is of aid in the understanding of the nature of cognition, and needs to be contemplated each step of the way in the construction of psychological theory.


Left Hemisphere Cognitive Level Conscious State Left Visual Field Object World 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jason W. Brown
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  1. 1.New York University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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