The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology: A Syndrome-Based Approach

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Mike R. Schoenberg, James G. Scott
Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 11, 2011 - Psychology - 968 pages
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From translating the patient’s medical records and test results to providing recommendations, the neuropsychological evaluation incorporates the science and practice of neuropsychology, neurology, and psychological sciences. The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology brings the practice and study of neuropsychology into concise step-by-step focus—without skimping on scientific quality. This one-of-a-kind assessment reference complements standard textbooks by outlining signs, symptoms, and complaints according to neuropsychological domain (such as memory, language, or executive function), with descriptions of possible deficits involved, inpatient and outpatient assessment methods, and possible etiologies.

Additional chapters offer a more traditional approach to evaluation, discussing specific neurological disorders and diseases in terms of their clinical features, neuroanatomical correlates, and assessment and treatment considerations. Chapters in psychometrics provide for initial understanding of brain-behavior interpretation as well as more advanced principals for neuropsychology practice including new diagnostic concepts and analysis of change in performance over time. For the trainee, beginning clinician or seasoned expert, this user-friendly presentation incorporating ‘quick reference guides’ throughout which will add to the practice armentarium of beginning and seasoned clinicians alike. Key features of The Black Book of Neuropsychology:

  • Concise framework for understanding the neuropsychological referral.
  • Symptoms/syndromes presented in a handy outline format, with dozens of charts and tables.
  • Review of basic neurobehavioral examination procedure.
  • Attention to professional issues, including advances in psychometrics and diagnoses, including tables for reliable change for many commonly used tests.
  • Special “Writing Reports like You Mean It” section and guidelines for answering referral questions.
  • Includes appendices of practical information, including neuropsychological formulary.

The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology is an indispensable resource for the range of practitioners and scientists interested in brain-behavior relationships. Particular emphasis is provided for trainees in neuropsychology and neuropsychologists. However, the easy to use format and concise presentation is likely to be of particular value to interns, residents, and fellows studying neurology, neurological surgery, psychiatry, and nurses. Finally, teachers of neuropsychological and neurological assessment may also find this book useful as a classroom text.

"There is no other book in the field that covers the scope of material that is inside this comprehensive text. The work might be best summed up as being a clinical neuropsychology postdoctoral residency in a book, with the most up to date information available, so that it is also an indispensible book for practicing neuropsychologists in addition to students and residents...There is really no book like this available today. It skillfully brings together the most important foundationsof clinical neuropsychology with the 'nuts and bolts' of every facet of assessment. It also reminds the more weathered neuropsychologists among us of the essential value of neuropsychological assessment...the impact of the disease on the patient’s cognitive functioning and behavior may only be objectively quantified through a neuropsychological assessment."

Arch Clin Neuropsychol (2011) first published online June 13, 2011

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Deconstructing the Medical Chart
Neuroanatomy Primer Structure and Function of the Human Nervous System
Components of the Neuropsychological Evaluation
Arousal The Disoriented Stuporous Agitated or Somnolent Patient
AttentionConcentration The Distractible Patient
Language Problems and Assessment The Aphasic Patient
Memory and Learning The Forgetful Patient
Deficits in VisuospatialVisuoconstructional Skills and Motor Praxis
Parkinsons Disease and Other Movement Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis and Other Demyelinating Disorders
Moderate and Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
SportRelated Concussion
PostConcussion Syndrome
Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury TBI Overview
Brain Tumors

Frontal LobeExecutive Functioning
Affect Emotions and Mood
Aphasia Syndromes
Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke
Dementias and Mild Cognitive Impairment in Adults
Episodic Neurologic Symptoms
Epilepsy and Seizures
Neuropsychology of Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures
Somatoform Disorders Factitious Disorder and Malingering
Neurotoxicity in Neuropsychology
Cognitive Decline in Childhood or Young Adulthood
Application of Motivational Interviewing to Neuropsychology Practice A New Frontier for Evaluations and Rehabilit
Reliability and Validity in Neuropsychology1
Psychometric Foundations for the Interpretation of Neuropsychological Test Results
Improving Accuracy for Identifying Cognitive Impairment

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Mike R. Schoenberg, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and an internship at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita. He provides academic instruction and supervision in clinical neuropsychology to medical students and psychology trainees, and conducts research in clinical neuropsychology. James G. Scott, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He completed two years of postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and an internship at Tulane University Medical School. He is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in clinical neuropsychology and provides academic instruction and supervision to medical students and psychology trainees in clinical neuropsychology and conducts research in clinical neuropsychology.

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