Awareness of Deficit After Brain Injury: Clinical and Theoretical Issues

Hardcover | May 1, 1990

EditorGeorge P. Prigatano, Daniel L. Schacter

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This volume provides, for the first time, multidisciplinary perspectives on the problem of awareness of deficits following brain injury. Such deficits may involve perception, attention, memory, language, or motor functions, and they can seriously disrupt an individual's ability to function.However, some brain-damaged patients are entirely unaware of the existence or severity of their deficits, even when they are easily noticed by others. In addressing these topics, contributors cover the entire range of neuropsychological syndromes in which problems with awareness of deficit areobserved: hemiplegia and hemianopia, amnesia, aphasia, traumatic head injury, dementia, and others. On the clinical side, leading researchers delineate the implications of awareness of deficits for rehabilitation and patient management, and the role of defense mechanisms such as denial.Theoretical discussions focus on the importance of awareness disturbances for better understanding such cognitive processes as attention, consciousness, and monitoring.

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The editors of this volume shared a common interest in exploring what they felt was an important clinical and theoretical phenomenon: altered awareness after brain injury. Clinical experience indicated that brain-injured patients are often unaware of the very deficits that impair their performance in everyday life. This book explores t...

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This volume provides, for the first time, multidisciplinary perspectives on the problem of awareness of deficits following brain injury. Such deficits may involve perception, attention, memory, language, or motor functions, and they can seriously disrupt an individual's ability to function.However, some brain-damaged patients are ent...

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The editors of this volume shared a common interest in exploring what they felt was an important clinical and theoretical phenomenon: altered awareness after brain injury. Clinical experience indicated that brain-injured patients are often unaware of the very deficits that impair their performance in everyday life. This book explores t...

George P. Prigatano is at Barrow Neurological Institute. Daniel L. Schacter is at Harvard University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 6.38 × 9.57 × 0.91 inPublished:May 1, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. George P. Prigatano and Daniel L. Schacter: Introduction2. Edoardo Bisiach and Guiliano Geminiani: Anosognosia Related to Hemiplegia and Hemianopia3. Alan B. Rubens: Anosognosia of Linguistic Deficits in Patients with Neurological Deficits4. Kenneth M. Heilman: Anosognosia: Possible Neuropsychological Mechanisms5. Donald T. Stuss: Disturbance of Self-Awareness After Frontal System Damage6. Susan M. McGlynn and Alfred W. Kaszniak: Unawareness of Deficits in Dementia and Schizophrenia7. George P. Prigatano: Disturbances of Self-Awareness of Deficit After Traumatic Brain Injury8. Daniel L. Schacter: Unawareness of Deficit and Unawareness of Knowledge in Patients with Memory Disorders9. Elkhonon Goldberg and William B. Barr: Three Possible Mechanisms of Unawareness of Deficit10. Marcia K. Johnson: Reality Monitoring: Evidence from Confabulation in Organic Brain Disease Patients11. John F. Kihlstrom and Betsy A. Tobias: Anosognosia, Consciousness, and the Self12. Lisa Lewis: The Role of Psychological Factors in Disordered Awareness13. Edwin A. Weinstein: Anosognosia and Denial of Illness14. Daniel L. Schacter and George P. Prigatano: Forms of Unawareness

From Our Editors

The editors of this volume shared a common interest in exploring what they felt was an important clinical and theoretical phenomenon: altered awareness after brain injury. Clinical experience indicated that brain-injured patients are often unaware of the very deficits that impair their performance in everyday life. This book explores these issues in hopes that the information obtained from studying disorders of self-awareness will ultimately lead not only to greater scientific insights into the nature of disturbed awareness following injury, but also to improved rehabilitation of patients with brain dysfunctions.

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"The contributors to this excellent volume are all investigators who have made important contributions to the study of anosognosia....This is one of the few attempts to bring together a multidisciplinary overview of research relating to the phenomenon of unawareness of deficit and can berecommended very highly to clinical neuropsychologists, behavioral neurologists, psychiatrists as well as rehabilitation professionals."--Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology