Drs. Koziol and Budding confront the traditional cortico-centric model of test interpretation and make a strong case that subcortical structures have a significant, direct influence upon cognition. A diverse set of case examples are provided throughout the book for the reader's benefit. Each case helps the clinician gain confidence in bridging the gap between the neuroanatomy of cortical-subcortical functions and neuropsychological assessment data. The book continues to reinforce subcortical neuroanatomy by linking such mechanisms with neuropsychogical test processes and outcomes. Having an understanding of the cortico-subcortical mechanisms at work behind some of today's most popular assessment tasks is empowering. Very few books have been willing to take on the role of interpreting test data in such a public manner, but also within a newly considered framework that bucks the traditional cortex-centered interpretative approach.
The book takes a particularly fascinating look at the cerebellum and basal ganglia by moving beyond the traditionally emphasized contributions these structures have with the human body's motor system and argue convincingly that these structures also play a key role in the modulation of cognition and emotion. Chapter 2 is especially appealing as it describes basal ganglia circuitry in an easy to digest format. To reinforce the link between neuroantomy and neuropsychological data, Drs. Koziol and Budding vividly lay out the known and putative subcortical mechanisms involved in performing working memory tasks and then provide a unique look at how the basal ganglia likely operates to carry out one of the most popular measure of working memory, Digit Span. Chapter 7 takes the reader on a engaging journey through the cortico-subcortical processes working behind psychological disorders such as ADHD, schizoprehnia, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The respective sections on the basal ganglia and cerebellum's contributions to schizophrenia were particularly interesting.
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