Apraxia: The Cognitive Side of Motor Control

ISBN : 9780199591510

Georg Goldenberg
288 Pages
192 x 248 mm
Pub date
Jul 2013
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Apraxia is a symptom of cerebral lesions that has puzzled clinicians and researchers for some 100 years. It has engendered many fascinating descriptions and a wide diversity of conflicting theoretical accounts. This book is the first one that gives a comprehensive account of clinical and experimental findings on all manifestations of apraxia as well as of the history and the philosophical underpinning of theories on apraxia. The review of contemporary evidence is illustrated with vivid descriptions of clinical examples. The historical part reveals early precursors of the concept of apraxia in the last third of 19th century and resuscitates contributions made in the "holistic" era in the mid-20th century that have now largely fallen in oblivion. They show that the richness of ideas on apraxia is much greater than some modern authors would acknowledge. Over and beyond giving an overview of history and clinical appearance of apraxia the book explores the philosophical fundaments that underlie definitions, classifications, and theories of apraxia. Goldenberg argues that they are ultimately grounded in a mind versus body dichotomy that appears as opposition between high and low or, respectively, cognitive and motor levels of action control. By relating history and modern evidence to perennial philosophical problems the book transgresses the topic of apraxia and touches the fundaments of cognitive neuroscience. This book will make fascinating reading for those in the fields of neuroscience, neurology, neuropsychology, and developmental psychology


1. Apraxia before Liepmann: Mind-Palsy, Asymbolia, and Apraxia
2. Hugo Karl Liepmann
3. The decline of diagrams
4. Return of the ostracised
5. High and Low Levels of Action Control
6. Imitation: A direct route from vision to action?
7. Body part specificity
8. Use of single tools
9. Naturalistic action
10. Communicative Gestures - Pantomime of Tool Use
11. Communicating with Gestures
12. Apraxia in left handers
13. Approaching apraxia from the motor side
14. Callosal apraxia and intermanual conflict
15. The cognitive side of motor control
16. Levels of therapy

About the author: 

Professor Goldenberg studied medicine and was trained as a neurologist in Vienna. After stages in Aachen and Paris he was habilitated with a thesis on the neurological basis of mental visual images in 1986. Since 1995 he has been Director of the Department of Neuropsychology at Bogenhausen Hospital and Professor at the Technical University of Munich. Goldenberg also served as Chairman of the German Society for Aphasia Research and Treatment and is associate editor of core journals in neuropsychology and neurological rehabilitation. He has published more than 200 scientific papers in international journals and about 50 book chapters. He is author of a popular German textbook on clinical neuropsychology and co-editor of German and English books on Clinical Neuropsychology.

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