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By Rosaleen A. McCarthy

This ebook is exclusive in that it offers equivalent weight to the mental and neurological techniques to the research of cognitive deficits in sufferers with mind lesions. the result's a balanced and accomplished research of cognitive abilities and skills that departs from the extra traditional syndrome process favorite through neurologists and the anti-localizationist point of view of cognitive psychologists.

Gives an introductory account of the center material of cognitive neuropsychology**Provides a finished evaluate of the most important deficits of human cognitive function**Offers the services of 2 scientists who're additionally practising neuropsychologists

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However, in addition, they argued that the patient must have had a second deficit within the left hemisphere since he had significant difficulties when stimuli were presented so that he could make use of the "intact" areas of his right visual field. Although the disconnection interpretation is probably adequate for some patterns of deficit, it is by no means a complete account of disorders of object meaning. First, this theory is dependent on the patient showing a primary visual deficit which is sufficient to prevent any information from being received directly by the left hemisphere— a homonymous hemianopia.

However, the global impairment of colour vision is considerably less common. The relative rarity of achromatopsia has meant that its existence as a selective deficit has sometimes been doubted. Holmes (1918) conducted an extensive survey of visual impairments following gunshot wounds and never observed a case of achromatopsia, leading him to suggest that the disorder was attributable to more global disorders of visual function. Meadows (1974a) summarised 14 cases of achromatopsia from the published literature and described a further case whom he had investigated himself.

Indeed the first description of impaired hue discrimination was of a deficit confined to the right visual half-field (Verrey, 1888). Autopsy evidence in this patient demonstrated a lesion which was in the region of the left lingual and fusiform gyri. Albert, Reches, & Silverberg (1975a) and Damasio, Yamada, Damasio, Corbett, & McKee (1980) have replicated the observation that a colour-discrimination deficit can be confined to one half-field. There is no evidence that the laterality of lesion is in any way critical for this pattern of impairment and, it appears that unilateral impairments of colour perception are equally common following right- or left-hemisphere lesions.

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