Case Studies are familiar as problem-solving devices in businessand in education, as well as having a traditional role in theteaching of medicine and as the psychoanalytic research. Inexperimental psychology, however, case studies have only recentlyresurfaced as a useful way of asking questions about the structureof the mind. Each of the chapters in this book describes aparticular real person whom the investigator believes can tell ussomething important about the way the human mind develops andperforms. Each chapter is written by an internationally knownacademic researcher in their chosen field in psychology. The casesrange widely over developmental subjects, such as the girl bornblind and the autistic child, to elderly patients who have hadstrokes or other brain damage that has oddly curtailed somepreviously intact cognitive skills such as drawing, writing orremembering.The aim of this book is to bring these real life cases to life in aclear and relatively jargon-free way and so to illuminate howpsychologists now use case-study evidence to approach centralquestions in cognition, such as the relation between brainstructures and mental processes, and development of cognition.Together, the studies suggest the exciting flavour of currentactive research and offer new perspectives. Mental Lives isintended for use in the early stages of an undergraduate cognitivepsychology course, and will also be of some use to students ofdevelopmental psychology and of neuropsychology.
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About the Author
Ruth Campbell is Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Ruth Campbell.
1. The Girl who liked to shout in church: Simon Baron-Cohen.
2. More than meets the eye: Linda Pring.
3. Visual Thoughts: Barbara Dodd and Judith Murphy.
4. When Language is a problem: M. Gopnik.
5. Developmental verbal dyspraxia: a longitudinal case study:Joy Stockhouse.
6. Developmental reading and writing impairment: Maggie Snowlingand Nata Goulandris.
7. Deaf to the meaning of words: Sue Franklin and DavidHoward.
8. The write stuff: a case of acquired spelling disorder: JaniceKay.
9. The two-legged apple: Jennie Powell and Jules Davidoff.
10. The smiling giraffe: an illustration of a visual memorydisorder: M. Jane Riddoch and Glyn W. Humphreys.
11. Drawing without meaning?: dissociations in the graphicperformance of an agnostic artist: Sue Franklin, Peter van Sommersand David Howard.
12. Developmental memory impairment: faces and patterns:Christine M. Temple.
13. Face to Face: interpreting a case of developmentalprosopagnosia: Ruth Campbell.
14. Transient global amnesia: John R. Hodges.
15. Adult commissurotomy: separating the left from the rightside of the brain: Dahlia W. Zaidel.