Brain/Cognition Relationships: Interpreting the Effects of Focal Brain Damage

  • Rita Sloan Berndt


The normal human brain carries out a large number of complicated cognitive activities. This volume discusses, from a number of different perspectives, ‘exceptions’ to the normal state. That is, it considers a variety of ways in which cognitive activity can be affected by interruption of the maturational unfolding of the brain and by the physiological changes that accompany aging and disease. An important, though often neglected, requirement of research addressing these ‘exceptions’ is the understanding of the normal, mature relationship between the brain and cognitive activity. There must exist a “paradigm case” toward which the system evolves during development and from which it departs in conditions of pathology—a normal baseline against which immature and pathological conditions can be compared. There are a variety of methodologies available that have provided information about this paradigm case, i.e., about normal brain/cognition relationships.


Left Hemisphere Cognitive Activity Focal Brain Positron Emission Tomog Focal Brain Lesion 
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