• Lance E. Trexler


The extent to which the title of the present volume subsumes theory and treatment efforts which can be differentiated from traditional rehabilitation paradigms is a matter of debate. On one hand, “cognitive rehabilitation” may be considered to represent a new body of interventive strategies which serve to augment the rehabilitation professional’s armamentarium designed to assault the consequences of brain dysfunction. This conceptualization may lead to the inference that cognitive rehabilitation concerns the treatment of a specific domain of the compromises associated with brain injury, depending upon one’s definition of “cognition.” In other words, conceptualizing cognitive rehabilitation as new treatment approaches which are additive to the more prototypical rehabilitation paradigm implies some professional discipline specificity. In this context, cognitive functioning, perhaps mistakenly, is commonly thought to concern “higher-level” mentalistic phenomena such as abstract thinking or reasoning, concept formation and problem-solving and consequently may fall largely within the general domain of psychology. Cognitive rehabilitation can, therefore, be viewed as a battery of interventive strategies designed to ameliorate circumscribed aspects (cognitive) of the consequences of brain injury.


Brain Dysfunction Mentalistic Phenomenon Cognitive Rehabilitation Rehabilitation Setting Interventive Strategy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lance E. Trexler
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  1. 1.Neuropsychology Service Medical Psychology DepartmentCommunity Hospital of Indianapolis, Inc.USA

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