Developmental Disorders of the Frontostriatal System: Neuropsychological, Neuropsychiatric, and Evolutionary Perspectives

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Medical - 304 pages
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In this book, the author discusses a range of common neurodevelopmental disorders affecting young people - autism, depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, Tourette's Syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder - from the unique perspective of their proposed common origin in the function and dysfunction of the brain's frontostriatal system.
Throughout the book, the author systematically compares and contrasts them from a biological, clinical and evolutionary standpoint, viewing them as extensions of normal personality attributes, which, in less extreme form, may possess certain behavioural advantages, explaining their persistence in the general population. The result is a unique, up-to-date, and wide-ranging discussion of these disorders that draws upon biology, genetics, neuropsychology, neuropathology, neuroimaging, and clinical presentation and treatment. It will be of interest to advanced students, researchers and practitioners in neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry, psychiatry, and clinical psychology.
 

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Neuropsychiatry neuropsyetiology behavioural neurology and other
1
The frontal cortex and the control of behaviour
13
The basal ganglia
35
Tourettes syndrome
51
Obsessive compulsive disorder
71
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
93
A disorder of thought
117
Autism
167
Depression
215
An interpretation
253
References
269
Author index
293
Subject index
301
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About the author (2001)

David Bradshaw is Hawthornden Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Worcester College, University of Oxford. Among other volumes, he has edited "Brave New World" (1994), "The Hidden Huxley" (1994), "Women in Love" (1998), "Mrs Dalloway" (2000), "Decline and Fall" (2001), and "The Good Soldier" (2002). He has also published extensively on Virginia Woolf, Modernism, and various aspects of literature and politics in the 1930s. He is an Editor of the "Review of English Studies" and a Fellow of the English Association.

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