Luria's Legacy in the 21st Century

Luria's Legacy in the 21st Century

by Anne-Lise Christensen
     
 


This is a collection of essays by leading neuropsychologists and cognitive neuroscientists to honor Alexander Romanovich Luria and to highlight the enduring impact of his legacy on cognitive neuroscience and clinical neuropsychology. A wide range of topics is covered, from functional neuroimaging in neuropsychology to bedside evaluation techniques. Several… See more details below

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This is a collection of essays by leading neuropsychologists and cognitive neuroscientists to honor Alexander Romanovich Luria and to highlight the enduring impact of his legacy on cognitive neuroscience and clinical neuropsychology. A wide range of topics is covered, from functional neuroimaging in neuropsychology to bedside evaluation techniques. Several generations of neuropsychologists and cognitive neuroscientists are among contributors, including those who closely worked with Luria, their own students, and others influenced in their work by Luria's pioneering insights.

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: This book details the contributions of Alexander Luria to the field of neuropsychology and how they have influenced current practice.
Purpose: The aim of the book is to present the body of Luria's work, the foundations it laid for the field, and how this body of work has held up under modern scrutiny.
Audience: The audience primarily includes neuropsychologists and neurologists, but also students interested in learning about brain-behavior relationships. The authors are leaders in the field and intimately knowledgeable of Luria's work.
Features: Although Luria's work is certainly represented, the main feature of this book is a historical review of various theories, research, and clinical observations related to early neuroscience. It also includes some information about more recent studies, such as neuroimaging findings that might lend support to early ideas. The topics are quite varied and without a coherent order. It seems as though individual chapter authors all wrote in a vacuum and the editors failed to integrate this information or provide structure to guide each chapter. Sometimes it is difficult to find the link to Luria in a given topic. Although there are a number of research references, the writing style is generally rather dry and the book makes for slow reading.
Assessment: Luria has undoubtedly made an indelible mark on neuropsychology, but this book will likely appeal only to select individuals who are enthralled by history and fanatical about Luria. Most readers will find it arduous reading due to the disconnected format and dull delivery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195176704
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/22/2009
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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