For a theory of cognitive rehabilitation: Progress in the decade of the brain

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Abstract

A theory of cognitive rehabilitation should specify how change from a damaged state of cognitive processing can be modified into a normal, or more functional, state of cognitive processing. Such a theory should incorporate what is known about the cognitive representations and processes underlying normal cognition, how these are affected by brain damage, and how learning or modification of cognitive processing occurs. This chapter argues that development of a useful theory of cognitive rehabilitation requires integrating advances from cognitive neuropsychology, experimental psychology, computational neuroscience, and molecular biology of the brain, as well as empirical evidence from various branches of rehabilitation. It is likely that such a theory will specify how behavioral rehabilitation strategies can be augmented by pharmacological agents. A theory of cognitive rehabilitation should specify how change from a damaged state of cognitive processing can be modified into a normal, or more functional, state of cognitive processing. Such a theory should incorporate what is known about the cognitive representations and processes underlying normal cognition, how these are affected by brain damage, and how learning or modification of cognitive processing occurs. It is therefore argued that development of a useful theory of cognitive rehabilitation will require integrating advances from cognitive neuropsychology, experimental psychology, computational neuroscience, and molecular biology of the brain, as well as empirical evidence from various branches of rehabilitation. It is likely that such a theory will specify how behavioral rehabilitation strategies can be augmented by pharmacological agents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Effectiveness of Rehabilitation for Cognitive Deficits
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191689420
ISBN (Print)0198526547, 9780198526544
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012

Keywords

  • Cognitive neuropsychology
  • Cognitive rehabilitation theory
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Experimental psychology
  • Molecular biology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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