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The Role of Motivation in Rehabilitation

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Cognitive Approaches to Neuropsychology

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The rehabilitation of cognitive disabilities involves active participation in what are often long, tedious and repetitive activities. Thus, it becomes very evident that a great deal of effort and cooperation is required of the patient. Motivation, therefore, is a very important factor in achieving successful rehabilitation (Anderson, Bourestom, & Greenberg, 1970; Fogel & Rosillo, 1969, 1971a, 1971b; Rabinowitz, 1961; Wepman, 1953). Unfortunately, this same population may also experience decreased motivation that is a direct and/or indirect consequence of their injury. (Brinkman, 1979). Wepman (1953) explains the necessity of a patient’s motivation:

...mere stimulation of a neural system which is physiologically capable of functioning is not enough, for it is evident clinically that a psychological state of readiness must also exist before maximal learning of the formation of new, operative neural integrations are possible. (p. 10)

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Mutchnick, M.G. (1988). The Role of Motivation in Rehabilitation. In: Williams, J.M., Long, C.J. (eds) Cognitive Approaches to Neuropsychology. Human Neuropsychology. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-5577-9_9

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