This book has been authored by two senior figures in clinical neuropsychology. There has long been considerable debate over localization. How widespread is it? Are some functions more localized than others? By the mid-20th century, a formidable amount of evidence seemed to strongly support the ""modularity hypothesis"" that psychological functions such as language and memory reside in specific neuroanatomical areas.Within neuropsychology, localization refers to the relationship between the anatomical structures of the brain and their corresponding psychological or behavioral function. The book's ""big picture"" perspective on a long running debate will usefully counterbalance current research that emphasizes imaging studies to the exclusion of other useful techniques.
Joseph M. Tonkonogy, MD, PhD, FRSM is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. A friend and collaborator of the late A.R. Luria, Dr. Tonkonogy is the author or editor of over 150 books and peer-reviewed journal articles, including Vascular Aphasia (MIT Press, 1986) and Brief Neuropsychological Cognitive Examination (Western Psychological Services, 1997). Dr. Tonkonogy is a member of numerous professional societies, including the National Academy of Neuropsychology, International Neuropsychological Society, American Neuropsychiatric Association, Behavioral Neurology Society, and The Royal Society of Medicine.||Antonio E. Puente, PhD is Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he teaches courses on clinical neuropsychological assessment. Previously, he was a staff psychologist at Northeast Florida State Hospital. In addition, Dr. Puente maintains a private practice in the Wilmington, NC area and provides expert testimony as a forensic neuropsychologist. He is the author of six books and over 150 journal articles. He has served as the editor for the journal Neuropsychology Review as well as series editor for Plenum's Critical Issues in Neuropsychology