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

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  • Ian Pitchford
    Developmental Disorders of the Frontostriatal System: Neuropsychological, Neuropsychiatric and Evolutionary Perspectives (Brain Damage, Behaviour and
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2002
      Developmental Disorders of the Frontostriatal System: Neuropsychological,
      Neuropsychiatric and Evolutionary Perspectives (Brain Damage, Behaviour and
      Cognition)
      by John L. Bradshaw
      Paperback: 320 pages
      Publisher: Psychology Pr; ISBN: 1841692271; (May 2002)
      AMAZON - US
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1841692271/darwinanddarwini/
      AMAZON - UK
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1841692271/humannaturecom/

      Editorial Reviews
      From Book News, Inc.
      The 1990s "decade of the brain" deepened the neurology-psychiatry bond.
      Bradshaw (psychology, Monash U., Australia) treats the genetic, structural,
      neurochemical, and diagnostic issues of six neurodevelopmental disorders:
      Tourette's syndrome, obsessive- compulsive disorder, attention deficit
      hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, autism, and depression, as related to
      the frontal cortex's role in behavioral control and functions of the basal
      ganglia. Lastly, he considers the disorders' commonalities and differences, and
      interprets them as representing a continuum with each other and the normal
      healthy state. Well-referenced.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

      Book Description
      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. It is argued that these disorders have much
      in common with each other in their phenomenology, co-morbidity, genetics and
      neuropathology.

      Book Info
      (Psychology Press) Discusses a range of common neuro-developmental disorders
      affecting young people, autism, depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, Tourette's
      syndrome, and obsessive compulsive disorder, from the perspective of their
      common origin in the function and dysfunction of the brain's frontostriatal
      system. --

      Synopsis
      A range of common neuro-developmental disorders affecting young people are
      discussed in this book: autism, depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, Tourette's
      syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder. These are looked at from the unique
      perspective of their proposed common origin in the function and dysfunction of
      the brain's frontostriatal system. It is argued that these disorders have much
      in common with each other in their phenomenology, co-morbidity, genetics and
      neuropathology. Throughout the book, the author systematically compares and
      contrasts the disorders 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. Initial chapters cover the anatomy
      and physiology of the frontostriatal system, and the distinction between
      neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, while the final chapter
      offers an integrative interpretation and comparison. The result is a
      wide-ranging discussion of these disorders that draws upon biology, genetics,
      neuropsychology, neuropathology, neuroimaging, and clinical presentation and
      treatment, and presents a controversial theoretical appraisal of the very
      concept of neuropsychiatric dysfunction. This book should be of interest to
      advanced students, researchers and practitioners in neuropsychology,
      neuropsychiatry, psychiatry and clinical psychology.
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