The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind

The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind

by Elkhonon Goldberg

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ISBN-13: 9780199731046
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/05/2002
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D. divides his time between the clinical practice of neuropsychology, research in cognitive neuroscience, and teaching worldwide. He is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine and Director of the Institute of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Performance. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Oliver Sacks

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Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
neurodrew on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The author is a neuropsychologist in New York, who trained with Alexandr Luria in Moscow, but emigrated after the Jewish exception to emigration was enacted in the USSR. This is partly a memoir, and partly a book about frontal lobe function. He has very interesting things to say about the orbitofrontal syndrome as accounting for sociopathic behavior, about schizophrenia as a syndrome of frontal lobe dysfunction, and about Tourette's and OCD as frontal lobe and caudate damage. His speculations about history and human society are much less coherent. Well written; he is a friend and confidant of Oliver Sacks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As Elkohonon Goldberg describes it, the brain's frontal lobes determine everything that's most human about us--from our willpower to our morals to our creativity to our leadership abilities. I enjoyed Goldberg's detailed discussions of all that these fragile bits of gray matter do for us, and of the strange and curious things that occur when they are damaged. Although the book does include some serious science, Goldberg makes it eminently readable for the layperson¿in part through his witty sense of humor and in part through the stories he tells of his own life. Never does this book sound like a professor lecturing; it unfolds as tales told by a brilliant, funny, compassionate, logical teacher, one who is clearly fascinated by his work and, most importantly, able to communicate the wonder of it to his readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Executive Brain...' by Elkhonon Goldberg reads like a work of fiction while providing all the necessary ingredients for a serious textbook. Especially refreshing are the biographic detours that empower the hardcore scientific and clinical subject matter with a very humane touch. Goldberg's metanalytical speculations will tickle the imagination of both an aspiring student of the brain and the grizzled university professor. Overall, this book is a fine piece of work and is highly recommended to anyone who is interested in the brain with the capital letter 'B'.