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Higher-order Motor Disorders: From Neuroanatomy and Neurobiology to Clinical Neurology

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This is the first book to offer a comprehensive overview of higher-order motor disorders. It introduces new concepts emerging from basic neurosciences and shows how they have impacted on the field of cognitive motor control and led to new vistas for the understanding of Higher-order Motor Disorders far beyond the traditional field of topological diagnosis. It describes in detail a wide range of clinical disorders including those of bimanual co-ordination, apraxia and sensorimotor transformation deficits, motor neglect, anarchic hand syndrome, imitation and utilisation behaviours, action motivational and action monitoring disorders, as well as new approaches to motor cortex plasticity and reorganisation and rehalibitation of complex movement problems. The book reviews the topic, starting with a description of the neuroanatomical, neurobiological and cognitive basis of normal motor behaviours, before moving on to cover the clinical features of the disordered states. The final chapters cover the issues of plastcity and recovery, pharmacological treatments and rehabilitation.

This volume will stimulate research and foster new insights into cognitive and motivational motor disorders. With expert contributions from the major international centres in Europe and the Americas his book gives a truly new framework for a complex and confusing field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198525769
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 526
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf

University of Lyon

National Institute of Health, Bethesda

Institute of Neurological Research, Buenos Aires

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Table of Contents

1 Functional neuroanatomy of the human motor cortex 3
2 Parallel parietofrontal circuits for sensorimotor transformation 23
3 The planning and control of reaching and grasping movements 43
4 The premotor cortex : from attention to intention 57
5 Linking perception and action : an ideomotor approach 79
6 Cerebellar motor and cognitive functions 105
7 Motor learning 123
8 The mirror neuron system and action recognition 141
9 Levels of representation of goal-directed actions 159
10 Corticospinal deficits 183
11 Bimanual coordination and its disorders 193
12 Higher-order disorders of gait 237
13 Speech motor control and its disorders 249
14 Disorders of body schema 261
15 Motor aspects of unilateral neglect and related disorders 273
16 Anarchic hand 291
17 Apraxias as traditionally defined 303
18 Unimodal sensory-motor transformation disorders 339
19 Action recognition disorders following parietal damage 359
20 From the grasping reflex to the environmental dependency syndrome 373
21 Tics and stereotypies 383
22 Psychogenic motor disorders 397
23 Frontostriatal circuits and disorders of goal-directed actions 413
24 Delusions of control : a disorder of forward models of the motor system 441
25 Cortical plasticity and motor disorders 455
26 Perspectives in higher-order motor deficit rehabilitation : which approach for which ecological result? 475
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