The emotional and behavioral symptoms associated with PTSD have been widely studied, but until recently, much less was known about neuropsychological aspects of the disorder. This volume brings together leading experts to synthesize current knowledge on how trauma affects the brain. Integrating compelling insights from neurobiology with clinical and cognitive perspectives, the book presents cutting-edge theoretical advances with major implications for assessment and treatment.
Clearly written and well documented, the volume explores the emergence of neuropsychological dysfunction in specific trauma populations: children, adults, older adults, and victims of closed-head injury. Coverage encompasses a range of chronic problems with memory, attention, and information processing, including biases in the ways that PTSD sufferers attend to and remember emotionally relevant information, as well as how they encode and retrieve trauma-related memories.
Throughout, authors back up their arguments with salient empirical research, highlighting key findings from functional neuroimaging and electrophysiology. Methodological dilemmas and controversies are also addressed, such as the challenges of studying a disorder with frequent psychiatric and medical comorbidities.
Timely and authoritative, this comprehensive work provides vital knowledge for trauma specialists and other researchers and clinicians, including neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, and psychiatrists. It will also be of interest to advanced students in these areas.
"This is a scholarly yet highly readable book that makes the neuropsychology of PTSD accessible to both neuropsychologists and non-neuropsychologists. Up-to-date reviews include good summaries and discussions of clinical implications. This is a 'must read' for PTSD researchers and clinicians, especially those in the VA system and trauma centers, who are faced with desperate patients every day. This is the type of work that will eventually improve our assessment and treatment of these patients."--Kathleen Y. Haaland, PhD, New Mexico VA Healthcare System and University of New Mexico School of Medicine
"A powerful synthesis of the cognitive neuroscience of PTSD, this text integrates scientific and clinical findings across a wide spectrum of disciplines. These reviews will undoubtedly stimulate future discourse and scientific work, permitting an expansion of knowledge on the disabling condition of PTSD. The editors have assembled an outstanding group of experienced and thoughtful contributors to summarize the extant knowledge base and point the field in new and exciting directions."--Terence M. Keane, PhD, VA Boston Healthcare System
"This volume explores how the disruption of the information processing systems of the brain is central to understanding the psychopathology of trauma-related syndromes. Its strength is that it elucidates basic neuroscience concepts that are important to understanding both the etiology and phenomenology of PTSD. Against this background there is an inviting discussion of treatment issues, which are well-linked back to the basic psychobiology. Bringing together eminent experts in the field, this book will serve as a primary reference for clinicians and researchers alike."--Alexander C. McFarlane, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Adelaide, Australia
"Because this book addresses a cardinal and often-neglected topic, I read it with the utmost curiosity--and found it exceptionally well composed, instructive, and thought-provoking. The editors have assembled the best experts in the field, who present their work in a style that is a pleasure to read. The book masterfully covers current knowledge and views and never becomes redundant. I warmly recommend this book to clinicians, scholars, and students; indeed, to anyone who has been waiting for a fair, thoughtful, and balanced overview of this important area."--Arieh Y. Shalev, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Hadassah University Hospital, Israel