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Clinical Neuropsychological Foundations of Schizophrenia by Bernice A. Marcopulos, Matthew M. Kurtz

By Bernice A. Marcopulos, Matthew M. Kurtz

Clinical Neuropsychological Foundations of Schizophrenia is the 1st practitioner-oriented resource of knowledge at the neuropsychology of schizophrenia. This quantity demonstrates the expansion in what's identified approximately cognition in schizophrenia, its evaluate, and the way this informs medical practice.

It provides the practising scientific neuropsychologist, and different pros operating with individuals with schizophrenia, with the data and instruments they should supply useful specialist neuropsychological providers. It contains an summary of developmental versions of schizophrenia and its linked neuropathologies, in order that the clinician can totally know the way vulnerability and development of the ailment impression mind improvement and functioning, and the way cognition and functioning are linked to those alterations. moreover, the amount covers modern evidence-based evaluate and interventions, together with cognitive remediation and different cognitive orientated interventions. all through, the learn findings are synthesized to make them clinically appropriate to medical neuropsychologists operating in outpatient or inpatient psychiatric settings.

The ebook is a useful source for training specialist neuropsychologists, medical psychologists, psychiatrists, and neuropsychiatrists, besides as graduate scholars of those disciplines, interns, and postdoctoral citizens and fellows who paintings with schizophrenic patients.

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There are many cases to the contrary of artist savants who were able to improve their overall functioning and behaviors without any tarnishing of their talent. The case of Nadia often just stirs up myths of incompatibility between art-making and behavioral therapies. In my experience, behavioral interventions improve the quality of the child’s artwork and, conversely, making art can sometimes improve behaviors. In the art world, unusual is good. Artwork made by artist savants with autism, often described as “methodic”, “quirky”, “intense,” or “primitive,” is in high demand in the “outsider” art market (the term “outsider” refers to art made by non-professionals often with little or no formal training, sometimes with neurodevelopmental disabilities or mental illness).

The tendency to include an unusually high amount of detail in his or her drawings is typically first noticed once a child is drawing at the preschematic level. Children who draw in this manner appear unable to filter out extraneous detail and compulsively include it in their artwork; these children usually develop reputations as artists. This behavior is often described as hyperfocus or “high fidelity attention” (Rimland 1978) in artistic savants. The need for high detail may be related to perceptual/sensory issues, perseveration and obsessivecompulsive behavior, or the need for order and organization, particularly if it involves drawing maps or floor plans.

Neurotypical children experiment quite a bit with drawing designs and schemas and often seek out new and unfamiliar sensory experiences; this hands-on experimentation behavior is often lacking in children with ASD. It is most likely related to sensory issues and atypical development. Difficulty with non-veridical representations. “Non-veridical” means “not real”. This characteristic is described in a study by Craig, Baron-Cohen, and Scott (2001) that used a variety of imaginative drawing tasks to isolate an autism-specific imagination deficit.

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