Apraxia: The Cognitive side of motor control by Georg Goldenberg

Apraxia: The Cognitive side of motor control

byGeorg Goldenberg

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Apraxia is a symptom of cerebral lesions that has puzzled clinicians and researchers for some 100 years. It has engendered many fascinating descriptions and a wide diversity of conflicting theoretical accounts. This book is the first one that gives a comprehensive account of clinical and experimental findings on all manifestations of apraxia as well as of the history and the philosophical underpinning of theories on apraxia. The review of contemporary evidence is illustrated with vivid descriptions ofclinical examples. The historical part reveals early precursors of the concept of apraxia in the last third of 19th century and resuscitates contributions made in the "holistic" era in the mid-20th century that have now largely fallen in oblivion. They show that the richness of ideas on apraxia ismuch greater than some modern authors would acknowledge. Over and beyond giving an overview of history and clinical appearance of apraxia the book explores the philosophical fundaments that underlie definitions, classifications, and theories of apraxia. Goldenberg argues that they are ultimately grounded in a mind versus body dichotomy that appears asopposition between high and low or, respectively, cognitive and motor levels of action control. By relating history and modern evidence to perennial philosophical problems the book transgresses the topic of apraxia and touches the fundaments of cognitive neuroscience. This book will make fascinating reading for those in the fields of neuroscience, neurology, neuropsychology, and developmental psychology

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Professor Goldenberg studied medicine and was trained as a neurologist in Vienna. After stages in Aachen and Paris he was habilitated with a thesis on the neurological basis of mental visual images in 1986. Since 1995 he has been Director of the Department of Neuropsychology at Bogenhausen Hospital and Professor at the Technical Univer...
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Title:Apraxia: The Cognitive side of motor controlFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.84 inPublished:August 4, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Apraxia before Liepmann: Mind-Palsy, Asymbolia, and Apraxia2. Hugo Karl Liepmann3. The decline of diagrams4. Return of the ostracised5. High and Low Levels of Action Control6. Imitation: A direct route from vision to action?7. Body part specificity8. Use of single tools9. Naturalistic action10. Communicative Gestures - Pantomime of Tool Use11. Communicating with Gestures12. Apraxia in left handers13. Approaching apraxia from the motor side14. Callosal apraxia and intermanual conflict15. The cognitive side of motor control16. Levels of therapy