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Explaining Abnormal Behavior : A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective - Bruce F. Pennington

Explaining Abnormal Behavior

A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective


Published: 28th January 2014
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Highly readable and accessible, this book describes how research in cognitive science is transforming the way scientists and clinicians think about abnormal behavior. Bruce Pennington draws on work from multiple disciplines to identify compelling links among psychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and neurological disorders that are not generally studied together. Presenting cutting-edge work on the brain systems involved in key domains of neuropsychological functioning, Pennington sheds light on acquired neurological disorders like aphasia and amnesia, as well as the development of such conditions as schizophrenia, depression, dyslexia, autism, and intellectual disability. The book also reveals how the analysis of both typical and atypical brain-behavior relationships can contribute to a neural explanation of the self and consciousness.

"This remarkable book offers a broadly synthetic account of brain-behavior relationships by blending perspectives from the neurodevelopmental disorders, neurology, and psychiatry. Erudite, lucid, and engagingly written, the text brims with sparkling insights derived from Pennington's vast experience as a clinician and researcher. Rarely indeed can one find such breadth of knowledge combined with such clarity of exposition. I recommend this book to anyone interested in how neuroscience can reveal the workings of the human mind." -- Christopher M. Filley, MD, Director, Behavioral Neurology Section, University of Colorado School of Medicine

"Pennington provides a highly original account of the study of abnormal behavior, putting the field in historical context and covering development, adult neuropsychology, and psychiatry in an integrated fashion. He not only explains current cognitive neuroscience models of abnormal behavior, but also makes us think deeply about the nature and explanatory adequacy of such models."--Dorothy Bishop, DPhil, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

"This critically important, timely volume shows how contemporary cognitive neuroscience has transformed our understanding of brain/n-/behavior relationships and has led to new insights into the neural basis of functional impairments. Pennington emphasizes the explanatory power of connectionist or neural network models and demonstrates the ways in which the mechanisms underlying normal behavior and development help explain abnormal behavior. This book will inform a wide range of readers, from practicing scientists and practitioners to students. Ample references to related literatures and the learning exercises at the end of the chapters enhance its educational value."--H. Gerry Taylor, PhD, ABPP-CN, Center for Biobehavioral Health, Nationwide Children's Hospital Research Institute; Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University

"I highly recommend this book, which examines cognitive neuroscience models for abnormal behavior. The book is novel in that it applies the same set of models to a range of neurological, psychiatric, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Pennington is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric neuropsychology and neuroscience who displays an exquisite appreciation for the interplay between normal and abnormal development. This is an extremely valuable text for graduate-level courses on abnormal behavior."--Keith Owen Yeates, PhD, Departments of Pediatrics, Psychology, and Psychiatry, The Ohio State University


I. What Explanations Are Possible?
1. Scientific Explanation
2. Placing Neuroscience in the History of Science and Philosophy
3. History of the Localization of Function Debate
4. How Does the Brain Compute?
5. Classical and Contemporary Models of Abnormal Behavior
II. What Are the Disorders?
6. Disorders of Perception
7. Disorders of Attention
8. Disorders of Language
9. Disorders of Memory
10. Disorders of Action Selection
11. Disorders of State Regulation
12. Global Disorders
III. What Becomes of the Self?
13. How to Relate Self to Brain
Appendix A. Human Neocortical Regions
Appendix B. Online Resources

ISBN: 9781462513857
ISBN-10: 1462513859
Audience: Professional
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 28th January 2014
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Edition Number: 1