Cognitive Neuropsychology of Alzheimers Disease

Hardcover | December 14, 2004

EditorRobin Morris, James Becker

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Alzheimer's disease can be thought of as a multi-faceted neuropsychological disorder, with diverse impairments in cognitive abilities, such as attention, memory, language and executive functioning. Over the last decade cognitive neuropsychology has provided a far richer understanding of theseimpairments, and this book describes these advances, placing them in their clinical context. The first section deals with background theoretical and clinical issues, such as the extent to which Alzheimer's disease can be considered as a single entity or whether it is more fruitful to explore the neuropsychology of individual patients. It considers the diagnostic aspects of Alzheimer'sdisease, the natural history of the disease, how it progresses over time and the characteristics of the prodromal phase. A second section, the core of the book, covers major cognitive functions and delineates how impairments can be differentiated from each other. A third portion integrates what isknown about cognitive decline with the underlying neurobiological basis, including pathological structural brain abnormality and neuropharmacological changes. The final section explores the clinical implications of the research with an overview of the neuropsychological assessment of this disease,cognitive approaches to management, and neurobiological treatment. As an introduction to this field, The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Alzheimer's Disease brings together the opinion of leading researchers in a book that will provide a useful source of information for neurologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists and neuroscientists who wish to broaden theirknowledge concerning this debilitating condition.

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Alzheimer's disease can be thought of as a multi-faceted neuropsychological disorder, with diverse impairments in cognitive abilities, such as attention, memory, language and executive functioning. Over the last decade cognitive neuropsychology has provided a far richer understanding of theseimpairments, and this book describes these a...

Robin Morris is a Head of the Neuropsychology Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK. James Becker is an Associate Director, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:434 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 1.14 inPublished:December 14, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction1. Robin G. Morris and James T. Becker: A cognitive neuropsychology of Alzheimer's diseaseSection 2: Background issues2. Elaine Funnell: The single case study and Alzheimer's disease3. Colin Gray and Sergio della Salla: Measuring impairment and charting decline in Alzheimer's disease4. Oscar L. Lopez and James T. Becker: The natural history of Alzheimer's disease5. Brent J. Small, Agneta Herlitz and Lars Backman: Preclinical Alzheimer's disease: cognitive and memory functioningSection 3: Neuropsychological functions6. Raja Parasuraman: Attentional functioning in Alzheimer's disease7. Fabienne Collette and Martial van der Linden: Executive functions in Alzheimer's disease8. Amy A. Overman and James T. Becker: Information processing defects in episodic memory in Alzheimer's disease9. Peter Bright and Michael D. Kopelman: Remote memory in Alzheimer's disease10. David P. Salmon and Christine Fennema-Notestine: Implicit memory in Alzheimer's disease: Priming and skill learning11. Peter Garrard, Karalyn Patterson and John R. Hodges: Semantic memory in Alzheimer's disease12. Andrew Kertesz: Language in Alzheimer's disease13. Naida L. Graham and Karalyn Patterson: Reading aloud and spelling in Alzheimer's disease14. Jane McNeil: Calculation and number processing skills in Alzheimer's disease15. Daphne Kidron and Morris Freedman: Motor functioning16. Deborah Zaitchik and Marilyn S. Albert: Cognition and emotion17. Robin G. Morris and Kristin Hannesdottir: Loss of 'awareness' in Alzheimer's diseaseSection 4: Neurobiological correlates of cognitive dysfunction18. Robin G. Morris: Neurobiological changes in Alzheimer's disease: Structural, genetic and functional correlates of cognitive dysfunction19. H. Valerie Curran, Michael D. Kopelman and Jennie M. Rusted: The cognitive psychopharmacology of Alzheimer's diseaseSection 5: The treatment and management of Alzheimer's disease20. Edgar Miller: The assessment of dementia21. Jennie M. Rusted and Linda Clare: Cognitive methods for the management of dementia22. Oscar L. Lopez and Sandra Bell: Neurobiological approaches to the treatment of Alzheimer's disease

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"This is a highly readable volume that also can function as a reference source. I recommend it to all clinical and basic scientists with an interest in the brain and its diseases."--American Journal of Psychology