By Prof. Laura H. Goldstein, Dr. Jane E. McNeil
This transparent and available textual content presents trainee and certified scientific psychologists with an updated precis of neuropsychological overview and rehabilitation issues.
Although frequently considered as a speciality inside of scientific Psychology, wisdom of neuropsychology and its purposes is correct to all parts of medical paintings the place sufferers are displaying a few swap of their cognitive functioning. This edited quantity makes a speciality of what the clinician must be aware of as a way to investigate the cognitive functioning in their consumer and to think about rehabilitation and remedy options.
Readers also will locate useful details referring to: newly built neuroimaging options the results of prescription and non-prescription medications on cognitive functioning the interface among neuropsychological evaluate and psychiatric problems post-qualification education in medical neuropsychology principles governing medico-legal paintings in civil circumstances within the UK
Laura H. Goldstein and Jane McNeil have decades of expertise educating neuropsychology to trainee and certified scientific psychologists on the Institute of Psychiatry in London.
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The human brain contains about 10 11 neurons, each with the potential to contact at least 10,000 other neurons: an immense amount of processing power! Although neurons come in many shapes and sizes, within the CNS they can be divided functionally into three broad classes. Neurons that convey sensory information from the periphery are called aﬀerent or sensory neurons. Motor neurons convey commands to the muscles and glands. The most abundant neurons are the interneurons, and they either process information locally or send information from one centre of specialization to another.
Trisomy 21 is present in over 90% of cases, and the risk of Down’s syndrome increases with maternal age over 35 years. Several abnormalities in the CNS may be present including: ﬂattened occipital lobe, decreased brain weight, narrow superior temporal gyrus, reduced numbers of neurons and abnormalities in neuronal processes (Lubec, 1999). The neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease (see p. 45) is also often present in persons over 30 years of age. There are also multiple defects in other organ systems.