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AuthorLuria, Aleksandr Romanovich. author
TitleHigher Cortical Functions in Man [electronic resource] / by Aleksandr Romanovich Luria
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US, 1980
Edition Second Edition, Revised and Expanded
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Descript 656 p. online resource


This full-length translation of Professor Luria's book introduces to the Englishยญ speaking world a major document in neuropsychology, summarizing Professor Luria's earlier contributions to that area for nearly a third of a century. It is a monumental contribution. Nothing of this scope exists in the Western literature of this field, with the possible exception of Ajuriaguerra and Hecaen's book (in French) on the cerebral cortex. Professor Luria's book thus marks a further and decisive step toward the eventual coalescence of neurology and psychology, a goal to which only a few laboratories in the East and West have been devoted over the last decades. The book is unique in its organization. The first half deals with observations and interpretations concerning the major syndromes of man's left cerebral hemisphere: those grievous distortions of higher functions traditionally described as aphasia, agnosia, and apraxia. There is also a detailed and brilliant analysis of the syndrome of massive frontal-lobe involvement. The entire second half of the book is given over to a painstaking description of Professor Luria's tests, many of them introduced by himself, and set out in such detail that anyone could repeat them and thus verify Professor Luria's interpretations


I The Higher Mental Functions and Their Organization in the Brain -- 1. The Problem of Localization of Functions in the Cerebral Cortex -- 2. Modern Data on the Structural Organization of the Cerebral Cortex -- 3. Disturbances of Higher Mental Functions in the Presence of Local Brain Lesions -- II Disturbances of the Higher Cortical Functions in the Presence of Local Brain Lesions -- 1. Some Functional Investigative Problems -- 2. Disturbances of Higher Cortical Functions with Lesions of the Temporal Region -- 3. Disturbances of Higher Cortical Functions with Lesions of the Occipital and Occipitoparietal Regions -- 4. Disturbances of Higher Cortical Functions with Lesions of the Sensorimotor Regions -- 5. Disturbances of Higher Cortical Functions with Lesions of the Frontal Region -- 6. Disturbances of Higher Cortical Functions in Deep Brain Lesions -- 7. On Function Interaction Between the Hemispheres -- III Methods of Investigating the Higher Cortical Functions in Local Brain Lesions (Syndrome Analysis) -- 1. Objectives of Neuropsychological Investigation of Higher Cortical Functions in the Presence of Local Brain Lesions -- 2. The Preliminary Conversation -- 3. Investigation of Motor Functions -- 4 Investigation of Acoustico-Motor Coordination -- 5. Investigation of the Higher Cutaneous and Kinesthetic Functions -- 6. Investigation of the Higher Visual Functions -- 7. Investigation of Mnestic Processes -- 8. Investigation of Speech Functions. Receptive Speech -- 9. Investigation of Speech Functions. Expressive Speech -- 10. Investigation of Writing and Reading -- 11. Investigation of Arithmetical Skill -- 12. Investigation of Intellectual Processes -- Conclusion -- Russian -- Non-Russian -- Author Index

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